From: Olaf Lenz (
Date: Thu Jun 25 2009 - 00:52:39 CDT

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John Stone wrote:
> I had to change the default behavior because some of the newer Linux
> distributions created problems with finding shared libraries when VMD was
> launched via xterm as it has been for so many years.

Also, I would like to add that some distros don't even install xterm by
default any more (e.g. (K)Ubuntu), as they use the KDE or GNOME
terminals by default. Of course, it is always possible to install xterm
later, but as the vmd script does not contain any error handling, it is
not easy to find that out.
Therefore, I think that the new behaviour is not as bad. Probably it
would be a good idea to allow the old behaviour via a command line
option? Maybe in that case one could even choose what terminal to use?

Another issue in that context is that even csh is not installed by
default on (K)Ubuntu. Maybe it would be useful to rewrite the script for
the bourne shell (i.e. /bin/sh, not /bin/bash!), which is required by
the POSIX standard as well as by the LSB, to make VMD more compatible?
I would volounteer to do so, if you think it worthwhile.

Cheers from Germany

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