Fixing “Error while loading” on Linux

The error message “Error while loading shared libraries:” typically indicates that a required library ( is missing or not correctly configured on your Linux system. Here’s how you can troubleshoot and resolve this issue:

Checking for the Library

  1. Verify Library Existence: First, check if the library ( exists on your system. You can do this using the find command:
   sudo find / -name '' 2>/dev/null
  • If the library is found, note down its path (/path/to/

Resolving the Issue

  1. Update Library Cache: If the library exists but is not recognized, update the system’s dynamic linker runtime bindings:
   sudo ldconfig

This command refreshes the cache of shared libraries and updates the links to the most recent shared libraries.

  1. Installing Missing Library: If the library is missing, you need to install it. Use your package manager to search for and install the necessary package. The package name can vary depending on your Linux distribution:
  • For Debian/Ubuntu: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install libatk-bridge2.0-0
  • For CentOS/RHEL: sudo yum install at-spi2-atk
  • For Fedora: sudo dnf install at-spi2-atk Replace the package name (libatk-bridge2.0-0, at-spi2-atk, etc.) with the correct one for your distribution.


  1. Verify the Fix: After installing or updating the library, try running the application or command that was previously giving the error to ensure that the issue has been resolved:

Replace application_name with the name of the application or command that was failing.


Fixing the “Error while loading” error on Linux involves ensuring that the required library is present and correctly configured. By checking for the library, updating the linker cache, and installing any missing packages, you can resolve dependency issues and ensure that applications can access the necessary shared libraries without errors. This approach ensures smooth operation of software that relies on in your Linux environment.