[vtkusers] vtk impressions / linux problem and solution
prabhu at aero.iitm.ernet.in
Thu Mar 29 10:56:50 EST 2001
>>>>> "Michael" == Michael Zawrotny <zawrotny at mailer.sb.fsu.edu> writes:
Michael> However, I ran into one problem that was very nearly a
Michael> show-stopper for me. When I tried to run demos from
Michael> either the pre-compiled 3.2 from your web site or after
Michael> compiling it from the source, I always got a segmentation
Michael> violation. This was on two of my Linux boxes, one
Michael> running RedHat 7.0, the other Slackware 7.1. In both
Michael> cases, the solution for me was to remove mesa and install
Michael> the SGI open source openGL noted below.
Michael> I'm not complaining about the software. You are
Michael> providing a package that is large, complicated, and
Michael> specialized, for which I am quite appreciative. The
Michael> reason that I am telling you about this issue is so that
Michael> you can be aware of it and take whatever steps you deem
Michael> appropriate to mitigate the problem.
I understand that you are trying to help but I have a few things to
say. First, this problem is pretty common and a quick search on the
list should tell you that quite a few folks have experienced such
problems. Some of the users have succeeded in getting it to work.
Secondly, Red Hat is really to blame for shipping with incompatible
software. I think Red Hat provides a set of updates that fix most of
Kitware does provide rpms and I guess that they are built under Red
Hat 5.2. Maybe we need to get a more up to date machine building the
nightly RPMS? We are also trying to get VTK packaged for Debian.
Maitland Bottoms has already uploaded a set of VTK packages into the
unstable tree. Admittedly these are a bit incomplete but hopefully in
a few weeks we (Maitland and me) will polish things up so VTK works
out of the box under Debian. If things go well we may see VTK in
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