This section contains common issues and solutions.


If LFS is not installed and setup properly the lfs pointers will not be replaced with actual assets. This produces an error when running Voxygen where it complains about the validity of whatever filetype it is trying to load.

Check status

To check if Git LFS works correctly:

git lfs status

When LFS was not setup before cloning the repo

To setup LFS and download the asset files on Linux or Windows

git lfs install
git lfs fetch
git lfs checkout


git-lfs install
git-lfs fetch
git-lfs checkout

When using Mingw64 (Windows)

Git LFS fails download the files properly. The main issue seems to be that the askpass program is not spawned when using a normal CMD prompt, preventing Git LFS from authenticating via SSH to retrieve the temporary access token. Setting the SSH_ASKPASS, GIT_ASKPASS and DISPLAY variables seems to solve this issue:

SET "SSH_ASKPASS=C:\Program Files\Git\mingw64\libexec\git-core\git-gui--askpass"
SET "DISPLAY=required"

Migrating from submodules

If you used the previous submodules system, you can deactivate it with:

git submodule deinit --force --all

Additional Required Libraries

On Debian systems additional libraries may need to be downloaded, below is a non-exhaustive list:

  • libglib2.0-dev
  • libcairo2-dev
  • libasound2-dev
  • libpango1.0-dev
  • libatk1.0-dev
  • libgdk-pixbuf2.0-dev
  • libgtk-3-dev

And a one liner to download and install them all: sudo apt install libglib2.0-dev libasound2-dev libcairo2-dev libpangol1.0-dev libatk1.0-dev libgtk3.0-dev