[phenixbb] PHENIX on OS X Intel 10.5 "need access to screen" error

Paul Adams PDAdams at lbl.gov
Mon Jun 30 19:56:51 PDT 2008

Hi Ben,

   I don't have an explanation for this, other than the version we  
distribute always goes in /usr/local which is usually locally mounted  
so nfs related problems wouldn't show up. It also seems very odd that  
this happens only on the Intel systems.

   Is the NFS volume mounted read-only or could there be permissions  
somehow associated with the mount? I remember that we did have an  
issue at some point to do with the way that drives were mounted on  
OSX but the details escape me.


On Jun 30, 2008, at 3:26 PM, Ben Eisenbraun wrote:

> Howdy,
> I have PHENIX 1.3-rc2 built on an OS X Intel 10.4 machine.  It runs  
> fine
> there, but using the same installation mounted via NFS, I get this
> error:
> This program needs access to the screen.
> Please run with 'pythonw', not 'python', and only when you are logged
> in on the main display of your Mac.
> I dug around in the program a bit to see if there was a script testing
> for the DISPLAY setting, but this seems to be generated in the wx- 
> python
> bits:
> build/mac-intel-osx/base/Python.framework/Versions/2.5/lib/ 
> python2.5/site-packages/wx-2.8-mac-ansi/wx/_core.py
> contains the error message, as do a couple of other files in the /wx/
> hierarchy.
> The PHENIX 1.3-rc2 I built on OS X 10.4 PPC works fine on the 10.5 PPC
> machines, so I'm a bit surprised it's failing on the Intel side.
> Does anyone know if a PHENIX built on 10.5 will work on a 10.4  
> machine?
> If it was really necessary, I could install versions built on both  
> 10.4
> and 10.5, but I'd prefer to avoid it if possible.
> Any insight on fixing this would be much appreciated.
> Thanks.
> -ben
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> Ben Eisenbraun
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