visual error

Tom G. Smith smitty at
Tue Jan 25 10:37:09 EST 2000

I recently installed vtk 2.4 on Linux RedHat 6.1, on a Compaq Proliant,
an IBM Aptiva 530, and a Techra 8000 laptop.  All three are working
fine.  Here's my install log, if it helps.

Install log for vtk 2.4 on RedHat 6.1:
First, installed Mesa.
and downloaded these two files and installed them:
    rpm -i /contrib/mesa/Mesa-3.1-1.i386.rpm
    #rpm -i /contrib/mesa/Mesa-devel-3.1-1.i386.rpm
    rpm --oldpackage -U /contrib/mesa/Mesa-devel-3.1-1.i386.rpm
Second, loaded disk 2 of RedHat 6.1 install CD/ROMs to hard disk, and
installed tcltk source by doing -
    rpm -i /redhat61/disk2/SRPMS/tcltk-8.0.5-30.src.rpm
    rpm -i /redhat61/disk2/SRPMS/python-1.5.2-7.src.rpm
    rpm -i /redhat61/disk2/SRPMS/pythonlib-1.23-1.src.rpm
    cd /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES
    tar xzf tcl8.0.5.tar.gz
    tar xzf tk8.0.5.tar.gz
Third, downloaded tarball for vtk 2.4 from -
and installed vtk 2.4. Instructions are in /contrib/vtk/vtk2.4/VTK-Linux-HOWTO
    mkdir /contrib/vtk
    cd /contrib/vtk
    tar xzvf vtk24unix.tar.gz
    cd vtk2.4
    ./configure --with-mesa --with-tcl --with-shared --with-contrib
    backupfile user.make # user.make.d000121.t124732.root
    vi user.make # Made these changes:
    make clean
    cd /usr/lib
    ln -s /contrib/vtk/vtk2.4/*/*.so .
    /sbin/ldconfig -n /usr/lib
    cd /usr/local/bin
    ln -s /contrib/vtk/vtk2.4/tcl/vtk .
Mounted cdrom from book "The Visualization Toolkit" and did -
    cd /contrib/vtk/vtk2.4
    (cd /mnt/cdrom; tar cf - vtkdata) | tar xf -
    ln -s /contrib/vtk/vtk2.4/vtkdata /contrib/vtk/vtkdata
    ln -s /contrib/vtk/vtk2.4 /opt/vtk

> I have installed vtk with mesa on my LINUX box.  When I try to fire up
> one of the examples in $VTKPATH/graphics/examplesTcl/ , I get the following
> error:
> ERROR In vtkOpenGLRenderWindow.cxx, line 159
> vtkOpenGLRenderWindow (0x8180b98): Could not find a decent visual
> Segmentation fault (core dumped)
> I need to get this running soon for a class I'm taking this semester.
> Does anyone have any suggestions.  Also, I tried the link from the
> site to the archives for this list, but it appears to
> be broken.  Does anybody know where the archives are?
> Thanks,
> Dave

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