[visit-users] running visit over X on leopard

tom fogal tfogal at alumni.unh.edu
Fri Apr 3 15:56:47 EDT 2009

Sveta Shasharina <sveta at txcorp.com> writes:
> I looked at Options->Rendering and do not see how I can set Software 
> Rendering mode on?

Set `Scalable Rendering' to `Always'.

> About testing - I need to make sure that our plugin works on linux
> boxes.  We have many tests set up but sometime I need just to look at
> the plots to make sure that they are correct.

Do you mean your existing tests are unit tests -- not image-based ones?

In any case, you can automate image based tests as well.  Just run
with -nowin; this is, in fact, how the entire VisIt test suite is
run.  Please follow up on -developers if you'd like a more in-depth

> I am getting this (giving the last part of the output) from glxinfo:

The lines before all the visuals are actually the ones of most use.

> quartic.sveta$ glxgears
> 22431 frames in 5.0 seconds = 4463.633 FPS
> XIO:  fatal IO error 11 (Resource temporarily unavailable) on X server 
> "localhost:14.
> 0"
>       after 58807 requests (32 known processed) with 0 events remaining.

This error occurred on exit, not during normal `glxgears' operation,


> Sean Ahern wrote:
> > Sveta Shasharina wrote:
> >> I just upgraded my Mac to Leopard and am trying to run VisIt over X 
> >> (from a linux box). When I try to plot pseudocolor, it does not 
> >> appear (only annotations show up).
> >
> > Short answer: don't do that. :-)
> >
> >> I googled and see that Leopard+X11 have many problems (not opening in
> >>  the dock and not having the fullscreen option, whatever it means) 
> >> and tried to install several versions of X11.  The problem is still 
> >> there.
> >
> > Strange. The X11 that comes out of the box in Leopard is XFree86, the
> > same server that runs on Linux. It sounds like you are having problems
> > with the OpenGL interface (GLX) on your X server.
> >
> > Do things look okay if you force Software Rendering mode on? That is, do
> > all rendering in software on the engine and then push an image to the
> > client.  You can find the setting under Options->Rendering.
> >
> > Can you run other OpenGL things in a remote setting? Say, glxgears? What
> > does "glxinfo" show you?
> >
> >> I realize that I can just run VisIt on my Mac, but I need to do 
> >> testing on linux remotely as well.
> >
> > Can you describe what kind of testing you want to do? It may be that we
> > can figure out how to do the testing without having to involve the
> > OpenGL on your Mac.
> >
> >> Does anybody have any recommendations?
> >
> > -Sean

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