From: Axel Kohlmeyer (
Date: Thu Jun 14 2012 - 07:48:04 CDT

On Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 8:27 AM, javacfish <> wrote:
> Actually, I try every method and refer the official introduction. But I can
> not compile VMD. And I did not search who compile VMD successfully by Google
> .
> So could any body tell me compile VMD detail?  Or could Axel share your
> compile VMD protocol?

i just follow the instructions. they are
easy enough to follow. it is just that VMD
compilation doesn't work like some other
programs, so you have to really read them.

*lots* of people have been able to compile
VMD from sources. there have been
discussions about it many times on this
mailing list.

most people that have trouble, don't
pay the necessary attention to details
or simply don't understand how compilers
and compiling software work and that is
seriously off-topic for this list.

if you come back with a more specific
description of what you did and how it
did not work, perhaps it may be possible
to give advice. the only answer that can
be given to "it doesn't work" is
"you must be doing something wrong",


> Thanks a lot!
> javacfish
> ________________________________
> From: Axel Kohlmeyer <>
> To: javacfish <>
> Cc: vmd-mail <>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:50 PM
> Subject: Re: vmd-l: The "gopython" is wrong on the Lunux VMD1.9.1
> On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 2:21 AM, javacfish <> wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> I had installed Tk, tk-devel, tcl, tcl-devel and python. I download VMD
>> ( Linux (64-bit Intel/AMD x86) with CUDA). But when I run gopython in the
>> vmd console, the err happens as below.
>> What is wrong with it? Does it need python
>> library, but there
>> is
>> no suitable library for vmd 1.9.1? Or is there anyway to solve this
>> problem?
> this has been discussed several times on this list.
> python run time libraries are compatible enough
> between platforms for this to work reasonably.
> so if you want python support in VMD, you have
> to compile VMD for your local python installation
> from source.
> axel.
>> Sincerely,
>> javacfish
>> **************************************************************************
>> vmd > gopython
>> Info) Starting Python...
>> Could not find platform independent libraries <prefix>
>> Could not find platform dependent libraries <exec_prefix>
>> Consider setting $PYTHONHOME to <prefix>[:<exec_prefix>]
>> 'import site' failed; use -v for traceback
>> Traceback (most recent call last):
>>   File "<string>", line 1, in <module>
>> ValueError: vmdnumpy module not available.
>> Info) Text interpreter now Python
>> Traceback (most recent call last):
>>   File "<string>", line 1, in <module>
>>   File "/home/bai/soft/vmd/lib/vmd/scripts/python/", line 59, in
>> <module>
>>     import _tkinter # If this fails your Python may not be configured for
>> Tk
>> ImportError: No module named _tkinter
>> Info) Text interpreter now Tcl
>> **************************************************************************
> --
> Dr. Axel Kohlmeyer
> College of Science and Technology
> Temple University, Philadelphia PA, USA.

Dr. Axel Kohlmeyer
College of Science and Technology
Temple University, Philadelphia PA, USA.