[phenixbb] phenix gui freezes

John Berrisford jmb at mrc-mbu.cam.ac.uk
Fri Mar 12 09:52:13 PST 2010

Dear All

Thanks for the suggestions on how to solve my GUI freezing issues. It 
looks like it was a communication problem with coot that was causing my 
problems. Editing App.py as below solved my problem.

Adding a preference setting to do this would be useful.

Thanks again

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Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 09:48:29 -0500
From: Nathaniel Echols <NEchols at lbl.gov>
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Subject: Re: [phenixbb] phenix gui freezes
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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).

John Berrisford

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