• ## Outreach

From: John Stone (johns_at_ks.uiuc.edu)
Date: Wed Jun 30 2004 - 13:29:10 CDT

Jay,
Interesting. I still don't understand why you're unable
to run the program by hand. This is the root of the problem.
What happens if you open a command shell, cd to the directory
where vmach.exe is, and run it by typing "vmach.exe" does
that work, or does it give you an error? I'm beginning to
think that the problem is that the name of the directory is
not what you think it is, and thus the various subsequent problems.
(if you can run it from the windows file browser GUI, the program
obviously exists, but in order for VMD to work, there cannot be
even a single character incorrect in the execution path.)
Can you do this?:
cd "c:\program files\VideoMach-2.7.2"
and then run videomach manually with
vmach.exe

Let me know if that works. If the "cd" step fails, then
we've found the source of your problem.

John

On Wed, Jun 30, 2004 at 12:26:26PM -0500, balas002_at_bama.ua.edu wrote:
> Hi John,
> The 'vmach.exe' binary works fine - when I click on it, it
> runs. However, as I said before this is the latest version of
> videomach and I had to rename the original directory from 'videomach-
> 3.0.2' to 'videomach-2.7.2'. This hasn't made any difference to
> running videomach itself directly by clicking on vmach.exe . Is vmd
> configured to work with videomach-3.0.2 ?
>
> Jay.
>
>
>
>
> >
> > Jay,
> > Interesting. What happens if you click on the 'vmach.exe' binary
> > from within a Windows file browser? Does it run? If executing it
> > by
> > hand doesn't work, then there's no way VMD will work. We need to
> > figure
> > out why its not running on your machine. Perhaps it would be wise
> > to
> > try uninstalling and reinstalling it?
> >
> > John Stone
> > vmd_at_ks.uiuc.edu
> >
> > On Tue, Jun 29, 2004 at 10:37:40AM -0500, balas002_at_bama.ua.edu
> > wrote:
> > > Hi John,
> > > when I type this satement in the command line :
> > >
> > > "c:\program files\videomach-2.7.2\vmach.exe"
> > >
> > > The error message says 'invalid command'.
> > >
> > > Videomach is installed in the directory :
> > >
> > > c:\program files\videomach-2.7.2\vmach.exe
> > >
> > > When I try to run the movie maker itself the error message
> > says
> > > "could not find c:\program files\videomach-2.7.2\vmach.exe
> >
> > > no such file or directory".
> > >
> > > Jay.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > > Jay,
> > > > It would be helpful if you told us precisely what you typed,
> > and
> > > > what error messages you got. It is the details that are the
> > trouble
> > > > in this particular case, so if you can show is precisely what
> > you
> > > > are
> > > > doing that will help much more than general statements at this
> > > > point.
> > > > If necessary, do a few directory listings and attach them to the
> > > > email
> > > > so we can see what the organization of your filesystem is. You
> > > > didn't
> > > > say what drive you installed VideoMach onto, but I'm assuming it
> > is
> > > > installed in:
> > > > c:\program files\videomach-2.7.2\vmach.exe
> > > >
> > > > Is this correct? If you run it by hand by quoting the entire
> > > > command
> > > > line, I would expect it to run. Like this:
> > > > "c:\program files\videomach-2.7.2\vmach.exe"
> > > >
> > > > If it doesn't run, and issues some error box, or something like
> > > > that,
> > > > we need to know exactly what the error is, as it could be that
> > > > VideoMach
> > > > doesn't like having its installation directory renamed, which
> > may
> > > > explain
> > > > why it still isn't working for you.
> > > >
> > > > John Stone
> > > > vmd_at_ks.uiuc.edu
> > > >
> > > > On Mon, Jun 28, 2004 at 02:40:14PM -0500, balas002_at_bama.ua.edu
> > > > wrote:
> > > > > Dear John,
> > > > >
> > > > > I tried running it from the command line but this
> > time
> > > > it
> > > > > comes up with an error saying invalid command name. Also my
> > working
> > > >
> > > > > directory name does not contain spaces. The only thing is that
> > vmd
> > > >
> > > > > itself is installed in a different directory than
> > videomach.....and
> > > >
> > > > > the version of videomach I have is the newest one but I did
> > rename
> > > > the
> > > > > videomach directory to videomach-2.7.2.
> > > > >
> > > > > Jay.
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Dear Jay,
> > > > > > What happens if you open a command shell and try running it
> > by
> > > > > > hand
> > > > > > like this (the quotes are necessary since the filename
> > contains
> > > > > > spaces):
> > > > > > "c:\program files\vmd-2.7.2\vmach.exe"
> > > > > >
> > > > > > If you can't run it by hand, then VMD can't run it either.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Another possibility is that you're trying to save the
> > results
> > > > > > into a directory or filename that contains spaces. The
> > previous
> > > > > > revs of the vmdmovie plugin didn't have a solution for a
> > strange
> > > > > > problem VideoMach has when executed the normal way, in the
> > new
> > > > > > version we've just made a change that'll make this work.
> > > > > > In the mean time, make sure that the "working directory"
> > > > > > setting in the vmdmovie plugin corresponds to a directory
> > name
> > > > > > that doesn't contain spaces. This is only a problem on
> > Windows,
> > > > > > the Unix versions of vmdmovie work fine with filenames
> > > > containing
> > > > > > spaces, this is a specific change we've made to please
> > VideoMach
> > > > on
> > > > > > Windows.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Let us know if you need more help getting this working.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > John Stone
> > > > > > vmd_at_ks.uiuc.edu
> > > > > >
> > > > > > On Tue, Jun 22, 2004 at 04:15:27PM -0500,
> > balas002_at_bama.ua.edu
> > > > > > wrote:
> > > > > > > Hi,
> > > > > > > I am trying to use the movie maker plugin but it comes
> > up
> > > > with
> > > > > > an
> > > > > > > error message saying cannot execute c:\program
> > files\vmd-2.7.2
> > > > > > > \vmach.exe . I have videomach and it is installed in the
> > > > > > > aforementioned path.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > Jay.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > --
> > > > > > NIH Resource for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics
> > > > > > Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
> > > > > > University of Illinois, 405 N. Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
> > > > > > Email: johns_at_ks.uiuc.edu Phone: 217-244-3349
> >
> > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > WWW: http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/~johns/ Fax: 217-244-6078
> > > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > --
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > > --
> > > > NIH Resource for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics
> > > > Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
> > > > University of Illinois, 405 N. Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
> > > > Email: johns_at_ks.uiuc.edu Phone: 217-244-3349
> >
> > > >
> > > > WWW: http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/~johns/ Fax: 217-244-6078
> > > >
> > >
> > >
> > > --
> > >
> >
> > --
> > NIH Resource for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics
> > Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
> > University of Illinois, 405 N. Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
> > Email: johns_at_ks.uiuc.edu Phone: 217-244-3349
> >
> > WWW: http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/~johns/ Fax: 217-244-6078
> >
>
>
> --
>

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