[vtkusers] Tubes

Bill Lorensen wlorens1 at nycap.rr.com
Tue Oct 24 23:07:14 EDT 2000

You could fit a spline to your trajectory.

See examplesTcl/KSpline.tcl or CSpline.tcl


At 02:47 PM 10/24/00 -0700, Totte Karlsson wrote:
>Dear all,
>I have a 3d trajectory which I visualize simply as a polyline. I wanted to make the trajectory look thicker so I used the vtkTubeFilter thing. However, it seems as this works fine for straight poly lines, but when the trajectory is "curved", and the points are not so close the tube thing doesn't work (it looks ugly since the tube become discontinous). Is there anything else in vtk I can use to get a smoth tube along a 3D trajectory?
>regards totte
>At 12:00 PM 10/24/00 -0400, you wrote:
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>>   1. HOWTO get VTK 3.1.2 to work on RedHat 7.0. (Tom G. Smith (B75826))
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>>From: "Tom G. Smith (B75826)" <smitty at kcc.com>
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>>Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 10:38:41 -0500 (CDT)
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>>Subject: [vtkusers] HOWTO get VTK 3.1.2 to work on RedHat 7.0.
>>With a great deal of help from Kitware, I've gotten VTK 3.1.2 to
>>compile and run successfully on RedHat 7.0, but there's a number
>>of potential problems for the future, and if you haven't gone to
>>RedHat 7.0, don't!  There's a rather serious problem with gcc
>>2.96 I haven't yet figured how to resolve.  But if you're fearless,
>>or you've already installed RedHat 7 and now discovered VTK doesn't
>>work anymore, and aren't willing to return to RH 6.2, here's what I
>>did to get it working:
>>First, in preparation to installing VTK 312, mounted the RH7
>>Source CD, and did -
>>         rpm -i /mnt/cdrom/SRPMS/tcltk-8.3.1-46.src.rpm
>>         cd /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES
>>         tar xzf tcl8.3.1.tar.gz
>>         tar xzf tk8.3.1.tar.gz
>>I originally relied on the the pre-installed Mesa RPMs, which did not work:
>>         /redhat7/disk1/RedHat/RPMS/Mesa-3.3-5.i386.rpm
>>         /redhat7/disk1/RedHat/RPMS/Mesa-devel-3.3-5.i386.rpm
>>Later I downloaded the Mesa source from www.mesa3d.org, and did -
>>         cd /contrib/mesa
>>         # Download tarballs from www.mesa3d.org.
>>         tar xzf MesaDemos-3.3.tar.gz
>>         tar xzf MesaLib-3.3.tar.gz
>>         cd Mesa-3.3
>>         ./configure
>>         make
>>         make install > install.log
>>         echo /usr/local/lib >> /etc/ld.so.conf
>>         /sbin/ldconfig -v
>>Note that the install for Mesa puts the libraries in /usr/local/lib.
>>VTK still failed until I did -
>>         mkdir /usr/libsave
>>         for i in \
>>         libGL.la libGL.so.1.2.030300 libGLU.la libGLU.so.1.2.030300; \
>>         do mv /usr/lib/$i /usr/libsave/$i; done
>>         for i in \
>>         libGL.la libGL.so.1.2.030300 libGLU.la libGLU.so.1.1.030300; \
>>         do cp /usr/local/lib/$i /usr/lib/$i; done
>>         /sbin/ldconfig -v
>>I also have OpenDX (opendx-4.1.1-1) installed, which relies on Mesa.
>>The above change didn't seem to bother it, but I am having trouble
>>getting the OpenDX tutorial to work.  Don't know whether this is
>>related to the Mesa libraries or not.  At any rate, VTK will not run
>>if compiled --with-mesa, and you haven't done the above.  Next, I did -
>>         cd /contrib/vtk
>>         ftp://public.kitware.com/pub/vtk/, downloaded vtk312Unix.tar.gz.
>>         tar xzf vtk312Unix.tar.gz
>>         chown -R root:root vtk31
>>         cd vtk31
>>         backupfile user.make # user.make.d001017.t091843.root
>>         vi user.make # Made the following changes:
>>                 TCL_INCLUDE=-I/usr/src/redhat/SOURCES/tcl8.3.1/generic
>>                 TCL_LIB=/usr/lib/libtcl8.3.so
>>                 TK_INCLUDE=-I/usr/src/redhat/SOURCES/tk8.3.1/generic
>>                 TK_LIB=/usr/lib/libtk8.3.so
>>                 MESA_INCLUDE=-I/usr/local/include/GL
>>                 MESA_LIB=/usr/local/lib/libGL.so
>>Note I originally tried -
>>                 MESA_INCLUDE=-I/usr/include/GL
>>                 MESA_LIB=/usr/lib/libGL.so
>>but these libraries, as installed from RPM files, will not work with VTK.
>>You must compile Mesa from source.
>>         ./configure --with-mesa --with-tcl --with-shared --with-contrib
>>You'll get compile errors unless you change three source files -
>>         /contrib/vtk/vtk31/graphics/vtkMesaRenderWindow.h
>>         /contrib/vtk/vtk31/imaging/vtkMesaImageWindow.h
>>         /contrib/vtk/vtk31/imaging/vtkXMesaTextMapper.cxx
>>adding these two lines immediately in front of '#include "GL/osmesa.h"' -
>>         #  define GLAPI extern
>>         #  define GLAPIENTRY
>>There's also one compile that'll have to be redone partway through the
>>make (see below).
>>         ./configure --with-mesa --with-tcl --with-shared --with-contrib \
>>                 > configure.log
>>         make > make.log
>>Got this error:
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx: In method
>>`vtkMesaRenderWindow::vtkMesaRenderWindow ()':
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx:159: `class vtkMesaRenderWindow' has no member
>>named `OffScreenContextId'
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx: In method
>>`vtkMesaRenderWindow::~vtkMesaRenderWindow ()':
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx:184: `class vtkMesaRenderWindow' has no member
>>named `OffScreenContextId'
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx:229: `class vtkMesaRenderWindow' has no member
>>named `OffScreenContextId'
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx: In method `void vtkMesaRenderWindow::Start
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx:253: `class vtkMesaRenderWindow' has no member
>>named `OffScreenContextId'
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx: In method `void
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow::Initialize ()':
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx:518: `class vtkMesaRenderWindow' has no member
>>named `OffScreenContextId'
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx: In method `void
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow::WindowRemap ()':
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx:635: `class vtkMesaRenderWindow' has no member
>>named `OffScreenContextId'
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx: In method `void vtkMesaRenderWindow::SetSize
>>(int, int)':
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx:676: `class vtkMesaRenderWindow' has no member
>>named `OffScreenContextId'
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx: In method `void vtkMesaRenderWindow::PrintSelf
>>(ostream &, vtkIndent)':
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx:758: `class vtkMesaRenderWindow' has no member
>>named `OffScreenContextId'
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx: In method `void
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow::MakeCurrent ()':
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx:1181: `class vtkMesaRenderWindow' has no member
>>named `OffScreenContextId'
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx: In method `void
>>*vtkMesaRenderWindow::GetGenericContext ()':
>>vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx:1252: `class vtkMesaRenderWindow' has no member
>>named `OffScreenContextId'
>>make[1]: *** [vtkMesaRenderWindow.o] Error 1
>>make: *** [build_graphics] Error 2
>>Got around it by adding -DMESA to the offending command in a temporary
>>shell script file:
>>set -x
>>cd /contrib/vtk/vtk31/graphics
>>         -DHAVE_LIMITS_H -DHAVE_UNISTD_H -I.  -I. -I./../graphics \
>>         -DVTK_USE_GRAPHICS -I./../imaging -DVTK_USE_IMAGING \
>>         -I./../contrib -DVTK_USE_CONTRIB  \
>>         -I/usr/local/include/GL -DMESA -DVTK_USE_MESA  \
>>         -I/usr/X11R6/include  \
>>         -I./../common -I/usr/src/redhat/SOURCES/tk8.3.1/generic \
>>         -I/usr/src/redhat/SOURCES/tcl8.3.1/generic  \
>>         -I/home/schroede/montnaro/Python-1.4/Include \
>>         -c vtkMesaRenderWindow.cxx -o vtkMesaRenderWindow.o
>>Then continued with make:
>>         make >> make.log
>>         cd /usr/lib
>>         ln -sf /contrib/vtk/vtk31/*/*.so .
>>         /sbin/ldconfig -n /usr/lib
>>         cd /usr/local/bin
>>         ln -sf /contrib/vtk/vtk31/tcl/vtk .
>>         rm -f /opt/vtk
>>         ln -s /contrib/vtk/vtk31 /opt/vtk
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