From: Axel Kohlmeyer (
Date: Tue May 12 2015 - 08:07:24 CDT

On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 8:35 AM, Michael Doig <> wrote:
> Hello,
> Is it possible to use the topotools plugin with no display. If I run vmd,
> topotools works fine. If I run vmd with no display (vmd -dispdev none) the
> topo commands are not recognised (invalid command name "topo").
> Does topotools require the VMD display to work, or is it possible to
> manually load the topotools plugin without the display?
> I am looking to have scripts to set up a lot of systems using topotools (for
> running in LAMMPS) but will not have the VMD display active. Is this
> possible?

yes, it follows the standard rules for Tcl plugins. they are preloaded
in the GUI mode of VMD, because some of the GUI plugins use it.
check out the existing example scripts which work with and without VMD's GUI:

> Thanks for the help,
> Michael.
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Dr. Axel Kohlmeyer
College of Science & Technology, Temple University, Philadelphia PA, USA
International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste. Italy.