From: Simon Wheeler (
Date: Thu Mar 28 2019 - 05:39:37 CDT

Thanks João, that works nicely! It was the beta version – I added the extra text to vmd.rc as per the readme file, but didn’t check it through to see if I needed to add anything.

From: Joao Ribeiro <>
Sent: 25 March 2019 14:12
To: Simon Wheeler <>;
Subject: Re: vmd-l: Idle script error

Hi Simon,

That seems to be generated by the loading process of QwikMD (I would say beta version). This error comes up when there is an error in the syntax of the “after idle” command in the .vmdrc (Linux and Mac) or vmd.rc (windows). Did you edit the vmdrc file to load a newer version of QwikMD? If you did, please make sure that you have no typo on it. If you are using a windows machine, please use the text editor in VMD (Extensions-> Data-> Text Editor) to make sure that you have the spaces in the correct place and all the paths are defined correctly.

I hope this helps



João Vieira Ribeiro
Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group
Beckman Institute, University of Illinois<>
+1 (217) 3005851

From: <<>> on behalf of Simon Wheeler <<>>
Date: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 6:05 AM
To: "<>" <<>>
Subject: vmd-l: Idle script error

Hi everyone.

I’m a newcomer so I’m using QwikMD. Previously it’s worked okay but today when I open VMD I get the message:
Wrong # args: should be “after idle script script …”
Wrong # args: should be “set varName ?newValue?”
The qwikmd package could not be loaded:

I have no idea what any of this means, let alone how to fix it. Please can someone help? Thanks very much,