[Sidefx-houdini-list] RE: Side Effects software crashes X

Calin Casian calin at sidefx.com
Wed Jul 5 22:15:43 EDT 2006

I just installed SUSE 10.2 and have the same problem. I believe the  
issue is due to the new XGL extensions. I enabled XGL and Houdini  
won't even start (it says that I don't have GLX extension, I was told  
that the link to the GL library might be broken or is pointing to a  
wrong one) but when I disabled the XGL Houdini starts but X crashes  
after a short while.


On 5-Jul-06, at 9:17 PM, jrutherford at stclaircollege.ca wrote:

> I'm running the Apprentice version with Suse 9.3 and it's quite stable
> Jim
>> Hello
>>    We've installed openSUSE 10.1 on 3 machines, along with the  
>> Houdini
>> 8.1.613. With one exception, all of the other computers we have are
>> running
>> 8.0.xxx, but I don't believe this to be related to the problem  
>> because the
>> other 8.1.613 machine that we are using (running Ubuntu 5.10) is  
>> perfectly
>> stable. On the affected computers, mantra works fine, and renders  
>> without
>> a
>> problem; however, any Side Effects software that runs in a window  
>> causes
>> GNOME and X windows to crash to command line whenever a dialog box is
>> opened
>> and then closed.
>>    The problem has been observed using liscense administrator,  
>> Houdini
>> Master and the mplay image viewer. The dialogs that crashed the  
>> system
>> were
>> change liscense server when using hkey, the open file dialog with  
>> mplay,
>> which is opened when the program is started and the open file  
>> dialog in
>> Houdini Master. Also interesting is the fact that all of these  
>> programs
>> work
>> fine unless a dialog is opened, then closed. If mplay is run by  
>> mantra,
>> with
>> the image file automatically being selected, the image displays  
>> with no
>> problems and mutliple frames in a series can be viewed. In Houdini  
>> Master,
>> we can do anything that doesn't involve a dialog box, and context  
>> menus
>> present no problem.
>>    There are no signs of this issue on the 2 machines we have running
>> Ubuntu
>> 5.10, but we need to move away from that because of several  
>> persistent
>> problems we've been having with that OS.
>> We are also encountering a similar problem on a windows XP   
>> machines that
>> we
>> use as a render node. Windowed Side Effects software causes the  
>> computer
>> to
>> freeze and be completely unresponsive to any form of input once a  
>> window
>> is
>> moved or a menu is opened.
>> On all affected systems, the system appears to be completely  
>> stable under
>> all circumstances, unless running Side Effects software.
>> Any suggestions appreciated
>> Aaron
>> Doug Struthers
>> www.dougstruthers.com
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