From: Gianluca Interlandi (
Date: Tue May 08 2012 - 11:23:06 CDT


My guess is that VMD is not correctly installed. You should read the
instructions in the README file. You need to edit the file "configure" and
modify "$install_bin_dir" "$install_library_dir" to point to the directory
where these are installed, then you have to run "./configure", cd to the
src directory and run "make install". It's better if you delete the VMD
installation and start over following the instructions:

For quick installation of the binary distribution for Unix do the
   1) Uncompress and untar the distribution into a working directory.
      In this working directory, there are several subdirectories such
      as bin, src, doc, data, as well as this README and a configure
      Change to this working directory after the unpacking is complete.

   2) Edit the file 'configure'; change the values for
      the $install_library_dir and $install_bin_dir to a directory in
      which vmd data files and executables should be installed, be sure
      that you installing into a clean target directory and not overwriting
      an existing version of VMD (which would otherwise give problems):

      $install_bin_dir is the location of the startup script 'vmd'.
      It should be located in the path of users interested in running VMD.

      $install_library_dir is the location of all other VMD files.
      This included the binary and helper scripts. It should not be
      in the path.

   3) A Makefile must be generated based on these configuration variables
      by running "./configure".

   4) After configuration is complete, cd to the src directory,
      and type "make install". This will install VMD in the two
      directories listed above. Note that running "make install"
      twice will print error messages because you are attempting to
      overwrite some read-only files. Similarly, if you have incorrectly
      specified the target installation directories or attempt to overwrite
      an existing VMD installation, you will get error messages.

   5) When installed, type 'vmd' to start (make sure the
      $install_bin_dir directory is in your path).


> On 2012-5-8, at ??6:18, mohammad agha wrote:
> Dear Dr. Kohlmeyer
> I did what you said and After "vmd -dispdev text", was typed:
> /usr/local/lib/vmd/vmd_LINUX: Command not found.
> May I ask you to help me, Please?
> Best Regards
> Sara

Gianluca Interlandi, PhD
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Research Scientist at the Department of Bioengineering
at the University of Washington, Seattle WA U.S.A.