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Meld is a neat diff tool, and when trying to compare two perl scripts over SSH the other day Centos just crapped out saying bad things about GConf, ORBit not being configured for TCP/IP and various things about stale NFS locks. Basically “Failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes are that you need to enable TCP/IP networking for ORBit, or you have stale NFS locks due to a system crash.”

All baloney.

To fix this I uninstalled the pre-compiled Meld from the Centos repos and rolled my own. Worked out great:

sudo yum remove meld
tar -xvzf
cd meld-1.8.4
make prefix=/usr/local/
sudo make install

So before you go hunting around for peculiar configuration changes, try to build your own.