From: Axel Kohlmeyer (
Date: Fri Aug 01 2014 - 16:23:39 CDT

On Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 5:16 PM, Daniel Strahs <> wrote:
>> i also would like to point out another option: use the /bin/sh
>> compatible version of the launcher script. the bourne shell on ubuntu
>> is very standard conforming and thus chances are that it has less of
>> an issue...
>> axel.
> Except that some of the commands such as set and setenv would need to be
> reformatted. Again, a rabbit hole, although as you note, probably of
> limited depth... :)

not needed.
such a script exists as part of the VMD distribution. i have been
using some version of it for probably 10 years now. it is just that
for historical reasons it uses the csh version, if either csh or tcsh
is available and falls back to bourne shell version, if not available.
as linux distributions started to make an effort to remove all
dependencies to csh scripts and removed it from the default install
some years back, i contributed the script to VMD and you could just
use it.

if you look into the bin/ directory of the VMD distribution, you
should find two scripts, vmd.csh and just try using as
vmd launcher.


> A 3rd option is to just uninstall rlwrap, and live with the error
> message and the lack of command-line editing. Quite liveable.