NetEntrez crashing Sun X!
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Tue Aug 9 11:45:36 EST 1994
In article 34058 at hulaw1.harvard.edu, robison at lipid.harvard.edu (Keith Robison) writes:
>I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem. Sometimes
>when I attempt to start NetEntrez on my Sun (1+), it crashes out
>the window server (olwm). The problem seems to have some correlation
>with what I choose for foreground & background colors, and perhaps
>with whether I've run other software first (Mosaic using up
>my color map?). I've also had some other X software do this,
>and a colleague just had it happen on their machine with Entrez.
>Has anyone else encountered a similar problem? I apologize for
>the sketchy details, but I haven't had the patience yet to try
>to exhaustively investigate this.
I've had similar problems, but they are nearly so intermittent as to defy
description. About a year ago when I switched from olwm to olvwm (OPEN LOOK
virtual window manager), it very consistently crashed the window manager. If
I used olwm it would work. I contacted Jonathan Gold at NCBI and he provided
some sort of fixed version of the Sun Nentrez binary. I seem to remember
display crashes similar to yours since then, but as I said they were
intermittent. My recollection is that they might have been related to color
allocation. The only other X software that I have seen behave this way was
when I recently tried running BoB (the Blast output Browser, also from NCBI).
The program crashed due to a configuration problem (mine, not theirs) and
brought down olvwm with it. Once I fixed my configuration problem, it
If there is a bottom line to this discussion, it might be to contact the folks
at NCBI. They might have a better line on such intermittent problems, since
they are dealing with so many users. I have always found them very helpful.
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