[Sidefx-houdini-list] houdini crashes...
jed at jedschwartz.com
Sat Jan 7 15:56:53 EST 2006
I've got to chime in on this-
I'm just restarting a composite I've been working on for the
afternoon for the 4th time- No I haven't lost anything critical but
the time it has taken to re-start several times. I save religiously
because I know houdini is going to crash sometime in the corse of
tweaking a ramp or running mplay..
I find this to be totally unacceptable performance for software the
we just recently paid a huge fee to license for another year- I love
this software and truly appreciate the power and flexibility of
houdini, but... and its a big BUT, I think its time we all make a lot
of noise about stability issues!
My studio is very small so I am able to update houdini with the
latest builds without much problem, but I'm not seeing any really
helpful advances in stability from the latest builds-
I think we really need to make some serious noise about this issue-!
Rant over- systems up, back to work--
On Jan 6, 2006, at 9:50 AM, John Coldrick wrote:
> On Friday 06 January 2006 08:29, Dries wrote:
>> Hi Paul and all,
>> A rough number: houdini crashes on me at least 2 or 3 times a day.
> I'd consider that unacceptable. Maybe 5-7 years ago, but not
> About all I can suggest is that if you get a higher end graphics
> the FX series), then you'll have zip problems(rather late for that
> now, of
> course, but perhaps the future). That's what we're running here.
> I'll be
> honest, I've completely lost track of the Nvidia series cards, they've
> splintered so much over the years I'm lost there. All I do is buy
> workstation-level graphics cards, and it seems to be fine for us,
> running the
> same OS/release as you.
>> A guarantee crash for me is when clicking th cross to fetch a
>> texmap and
>> in the that browser window click on the eye icon to load it up in
>> first. Always when I swith to my cops desktop, I hit save first. You
>> know, I'd rather not do that.
> Absolutely, and you shouldn't have to. I just tested that to
> 10/64 bit Intel/FX3600 PCIe) and it works fine. You running daily
> builds or
> the last official release? I'm on 8.0.454.
>> The mantra renderer hardly ever causes me problems though. So
>> there must
>> still be issues with using linux as a workstation. Linux is the
>> preferred rendering platform, but athough I was such a linux
>> enthousiast, I've come to believe that that community thingy is just
>> never going to get me there.
> Well, the most common complaint I've heard is the opposite - lots
> of windows
> Houdini users seem to have more trouble than linux users, and they
> quite loudly about it. Again, all it takes is a bad graphics card/
> combination to change one's opinion on this. That's been the case
> with Linux
> for years, no question.
> With Linux, yup, you can't just assemble systems with the same
> freedom as
> Windows, I'll never argue that. :) When you go in knowing that,
> you'll get the far improved(IMHO) OS and all the benefits. Here, I
> avoid the whole nightmare(so far, anyway :) ) and just cough up for
> higher end cards, although I think many will argue the FX series is
> sort of
> midrange nowadays, unless you go absolutely top of the series,
> which I never
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