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Motif version: Problems with window resizing, fonts, and breaks

asked 2013-05-01 19:10:56 -0500

anonymous user


updated 2013-05-01 19:11:22 -0500

On Linux, I am having problems with windows: sub windows are the wrong size and cannot be resized, fonts look funny, and my system sometimes freezes when I try to use the mouse with Pathway Tools.What can I do?

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answered 2013-05-01 19:13:25 -0500

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The Unix Pathway Tools need Motif, which is a library of GUI widgets.Under Linux, the correct version needs to have been installed to avoidnumerous problems. The symptoms described above can all be caused by using Lesstif, a clone of the Motif window toolkit, rather than OpenMotif, which is a free version of the official Motif library.Ptools-8.0 expects Motif to be available as the dynamically loadable library . Make sure (located in either /usr/lib or/usr/X11R6/lib ) points to the OpenMotif version, notLesstif.

Older Linux distributions tended to ship with Lesstif, in which caseyou need to download and install OpenMotif yourself. This will requireaccess as the root user. Download OpenMotif from .The version with the most bug fixes appears to be metrolink/openmotif-2.1.30-4_MLI.i386.rpm .

After installation, if you end up having and , you probablyneed to delete the Lesstif , and make asymbolic link from to ln -s ).

Redhat-9.x Linux appears to be shipped with OpenMotif installed already. However, the version of the dynamically loadable library is different from what the Pathway Tools program expects. The following is an example of the failure symptom, when starting up the Pathway Tools:

Warning: Loading failed with error: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory.

If the Pathway Tools image wants but the OpenMotif installation does not have that particular version link, please try to make a symbolic link to "fake" that version, to see whether that will work. Some variation of this example should do it (you will need tobe the root user):

cd /usr/X11R6/lib
ln -s

Then restart the Pathway Tools. This fix is known to work on Redhat-9.x.

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