Problem editing parts in eeschema version 5.99

I have a problem with version 5.99, which I have compiled and installed on my Rpi 4.
When I use eeschema and try to edit a part, the properties will be shown wihite on white, so I cannot see what I am writing. I suppose there is a way to change this behaviour, but I have no idea how this can be done. Maybe someone can help me?

Best regards


Is this what you mean?

In the screenshot above I clicked on the “Value field” of an AMS1117 voltage regulator. As soon as I click on it, the text goes away and the box is shown as light grey.

I noticed this bug a few days ago and was thinking about making a bug report for it.

Weird thing is that it is difficult to make a screen capture for it. When trying to use print screen, or vokoscreen to capture it, it often seems to work normally.

Application: Eeschema

Version: 5.99.0-unknown-1a9878d6d~106~ubuntu20.04.1, release build

	wxWidgets 3.0.4
	libcurl/7.68.0 OpenSSL/1.1.1f zlib/1.2.11 brotli/1.0.7 libidn2/2.2.0 libpsl/0.21.0 (+libidn2/2.2.0) libssh/0.9.3/openssl/zlib nghttp2/1.40.0 librtmp/2.3

Platform: Linux 5.4.0-56-generic x86_64, 64 bit, Little endian, wxGTK, mate, x11

Build Info:
	Date: Dec  4 2020 10:20:33
	wxWidgets: 3.0.4 (wchar_t,wx containers,compatible with 2.8) GTK+ 3.24
	Boost: 1.71.0
	OCC: 7.3.0
	Curl: 7.68.0
	ngspice: 31
	Compiler: GCC 9.3.0 with C++ ABI 1013

Build settings:

That’s spot on! So it is a bug, I thought I had done something wrong when I compiled. Just to wait for next build.

Thanks a lot for clarifying


It’s most probably a problem in the wxWidgets/GTK theme combination. Try changing the GTK UI theme of the distro desktop.

Thank you so much - you might be right, but this is over my head:( I have just copied what a friend of mine did, and I have no idea what I should change the UI theme to, and how this can be done. Sorry for my lack of knowledge.


Just to be clear:
I have not (yet) made a bug report for this.
I’m not sure how to formulate it. I’m trying to get this bug to trigger more reliably.
I also have not checked if it has been reported before.

I don’t remember the details of Rasp Pi desktop.

If someone is interested in technical details: KiCad uses wxWidgets UI library which in turn uses each OS/platform’s “native” UI toolkit. In Linux it’s GTK. Sometimes there are UI problems because of toolkit or desktop themes. If so, it has nothing to do with KiCad itself.

But it’s also possible that this actually is a bug in KiCad.

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