[phenixbb] phenix gui freezes

Nathaniel Echols NEchols at lbl.gov
Thu Mar 11 06:48:29 PST 2010

I have one other thought - the GUI listens on a socket for incoming commands from Coot (this isn't used very much at present).  Apparently this caused problems on Linux with the old GUI, which also used Python sockets.  If something goes wrong here, it could certainly take down the entire program.

To fix this, edit the file $PHENIX/phenix/wxGUI2/App.py, and comment out this line (in 1.6):


(if you're new to python, a comment starts with '#'.)

I will add a preferences setting to do this.  I can also try slowing down the GUI updates while a process is running (using detached processes should also take care of this).

On Mar 11, 2010, at 7:28 AM, John Berrisford wrote:

> Dear All
> A little while ago I posted a message about the GUI freezing on linux systems, either run remotely (centos) or locally (ubuntu system). I never received a solution and I'm still having this problem despite upgrading to version 1.6.
> On my ubuntu system the GUI seems to freeze either when the screen saver comes on (set to turn the screen off) or I switch desktop - although not everytime I do this.
> The freezing GUI means that I have to force quit phenix after every refinement run (I haven't tried other tasks) and that the freeR is not reported to the GUI (not a major problem). Thankfully in version 1.6 the configuration and results for each refinement run are recorded and I can retrieve this information by loading a job through job history - a big improvement over version 1.5.
> Anyone else having this problem and does anyone know a solution?
> Thanks
> John
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Nathaniel Echols
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