[phenixbb] Phenix GUI does not show (on Debian)

Billy Poon BKPoon at lbl.gov
Fri Jul 2 11:48:19 PDT 2021

Hi Tim,

Can you try installing the en_GB.utf8 locale? For unicode support, the
default locale is set to en_US.utf8 unless you define the LC_ALL to be some
other locale with UTF8 support.

On Debian/Ubuntu distributions that locale seems to only work if en_GB.utf8
is also available.

You can check what locales are available by typing

locale -a

If en_US.utf-8 and en_GB.utf-8 are not available, you can install the
locales with the instructions here


Basically, if those two locales are not available, you can run

sudo locale-gen en_US.utf8
sudo locale-gen en_GB.utf8
sudo update-locale

The last line may not be needed.

Let me know if it's still not working.

Billy K. Poon
Research Scientist, Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road, M/S 33R0345
Berkeley, CA 94720
Fax: (510) 486-5909
Web: https://phenix-online.org

On Wed, Jun 30, 2021 at 12:49 AM Tim Gruene <tim.gruene at univie.ac.at> wrote:

> Dear all,
> I installed phenix on Debian testing (version 11.0) and
> Debian stable (version 10.10).
> On Debian stable, phenix works just fine.
> On Debian stable (kernel 5.10.0-7-amd64), when I type 'phenix' at the
> command prompt, I get the usually error about the locale 'en_GB' not
> being available, and the Phenix splash screen, that disappears
> automatically. After that, nothing happens. The prompt does not return,
> phenix is running
> tg at fibonacci:~$ ps -eLF | grep phenix
> tg          3823    3776    3823  0    1 33859 83056   6 09:36 pts/1
> 00:00:00
> /xtal/Suites/Phenix/phenix-1.19.2-4158/build/../conda_base/bin/python2.7
> -Qnew
> /xtal/Suites/Phenix/phenix-1.19.2-4158/build/../modules/phenix/wxGUI2/command_line/main.py
> but no GUI shows up.
> I can use phenix through ssh on stable, so that this is not an urgent
> issue. I was just wondering if anyone might have a clue why phenix GUI
> won't show up on Debian testing? I tried two window managers, KDE and
> awesomewm on two different computers.
> Best wishes,
> Tim
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> Faculty of Chemistry
> University of Vienna
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