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Compiling pygplates on WSL Debian

I ran into a strange set of issues when trying to compile pygplates on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Despite having all the requirements installed (e.g. Qt5, Boost etc). the compiler complained about Qt5 libraries not being present:

/usr/lib/qt5/bin/uic: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

However, these are installed in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ like in any other Linux distro. Turns out that some other people have the same issues to load the shared Qt5 libraries when compiling software on WSL. This is solved by running the following line:

sudo strip --remove-section=.note.ABI-tag /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
2021/09/09 14:21 · christian · 0 Comments and Sourcehut

I am slowly moving my BitBucket and GitHub repositories to self-hosted Fossil repositories available at This means, there will be public issue trackers, wikis and forums.

Most of them will be mirrored to sourcehut which is a blazingly fast, simple, and FOSS-based alternative to the major players which also comes with mailinglists, todo/issuetracker and a wiki.

My GIT repositories (downstream mirrors of Fossil repos and pure GIT repos) can be found here Note that the Fossil repository mirrors will only receive changes downstream from the original Fossil repos.

The following code is available now:

2021/08/30 08:54 · christian · 0 Comments

National Geographic Front Page

This was the August 2003 front page of the German version of National Geographic - featuring my “Diplomarbeit” (M.Sc. Thesis) after being published through the German "Informationsdienst der Wissenschaften" (IDW) based on an article in the Ruhr-University junior science magazine. The Internet Wayback archive at didn't have a snapshot of the right day.

Copyright with National Geographic

2021/06/05 19:37 · christian

Invited talk at Ciclo de Conferencias: Exploración Offshore - Argentina

I've been honored to present on behalf of Shell at the Instituto Argentina del Petroleo y del Gas' “Ciclo de Conferencias: Exploración Offshore” webinar event on May 27th 2021. The event was attended by about 150 participants.

2021/06/01 22:34 · christian · 0 Comments

Git on Windows subsystem for linux

Added a section on my Tips and tricks *Nix on using git with the Windows subsystem for linux.

2021/03/22 13:50 · christian · 0 Comments

Blog Archives

18 Post(s) for December 2020

Rifts III - Catching the wave! 2020/12/30 01:20 Christian Heine  
Heavy metal - The world's biggest pipeline laying vessel 2020/12/29 23:48 Christian Heine  
The Saharan Atlantic ocean makes ripples (edited) 2020/12/29 23:20 Christian Heine  
Why there is no Saharan Atlantic Ocean 2020/12/29 23:13 Christian Heine  
Working with plate velocities in GPlates 2020/12/29 22:32 Christian Heine  
The world in (geological) colors 2020/12/29 22:12 Christian Heine  
Shapefile of reconstructable graticule lines 2020/12/29 21:58 Christian Heine  
Graticules for plate tectonic reconstructions 2020/12/29 21:49 Christian Heine  
The "GROT" - A new rotation file format for GPlates 2020/12/29 21:25 Christian Heine  
The joys of extracting data from geoscientific papers 2020/12/29 19:58 Christian Heine  
A TextMate bundle for GPlates rotation files 2020/12/29 19:36 Christian Heine  
Experiences with the EGU open access publication Solid Earth 2020/12/29 19:28 Christian Heine  
MacOS Quicklook for GIS data 2020/12/29 19:00 Christian Heine  
Blue screen of death - even in Parallels VM 2020/12/29 16:02 Christian Heine  
The new GPlates Rotation file format 2020/12/29 15:04 Christian Heine  
GIS and p(l)ain text 2020/12/29 14:59 Christian Heine  
OGR2OGR in the 3rd dimension 2020/12/29 14:46 Christian Heine  
South Atlantic Keynote at AAPG 2020/12/05 18:55 Christian Heine