From: Giacomo Fiorin (
Date: Thu Sep 08 2022 - 21:02:34 CDT

Many of those issues are macOS specific. Check on the mailing list archive
for past messages from John Stone regarding Apple/macOS creating extra work
for him and others. Breaking backward compatibility to boost hardware
sales is a core principle of Apple's business model.


On Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 12:18 PM Klimkowski, V <> wrote:

> Hi,
> Thanks very much to JC, Josh & Giacomo for their specific advice, as well
> as encouragement to install VMD 1.9.4 (latest alpha) rather than 1.9.3 on
> the older workstation I described. I'll be following up with that as soon
> as I get sudo privileges there.
> I actually have been using the alpha version (1.9.4a55-x86_64-R11) on my
> MAC but was hesitant to try it on this older workstation. On my MacBook Pro
> (Monterey 12.5.1) I have experienced some inconsistent problems with the
> windowing system (expandable lists not responsive, apparent scroll bars not
> showing up) in the ffTK plugin & possibly other plugins. Also, sometimes
> (inconsistently) when I "Quit VMD" I get an error message. Hopefully these
> are MAC specific. I will try send my observations to the developers.
> Thanks again for the helpful responses. Best,
> Joe
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Gumbart, JC <>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, September 7, 2022 11:13 AM
> *To:* Klimkowski, V <>
> *Cc:* <>
> *Subject:* Re: vmd-l: Most relevant VMD install
> Trick question - none! You should always try to use the latest build, the
> 1.9.4alpha in this case. Probably you won’t need (or be able to use) the
> real-time ray tracing, so the first of the two linux builds listed should
> be fine. FFTK is notably improved between 1.9.3 and the latest alpha.
> Best,
> JC
> On Sep 6, 2022, at 9:52 PM, Klimkowski, V <> wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> I have been using VMD for a few years now installed on my MAC laptop.
> Mostly for visualization & developing isosurfaces of Spatial Distribution
> Functions created from MD of Deep Eutectic Solvents.
> Recently an older Linux workstation became available to me that has
> Gaussian03 installed. I've decided I'd like to use this to do Force Field
> parameter development with the ffTK incorporated in VMD. Many of the DES
> components we study get moderate to high penalties scores when processed
> through the CGgenFF website, so I can make good use of this facility.
> My question is which of the six available binary distributions of VMD
> version 1.9.3 is the best for the workstation configuration I have. Here
> are the machine specifications:
> Dell Precision T5400
> OS: Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS
> Memory: 3.8 GiB
> Processor: Intel® Xeon(R) CPU E5410 @ 2.33GHz × 4
> Graphics: NV84
> GNOME: 3.28.2
> OS type: 64-bit
> Disk: 78.2 GB
> Please let me know if you have other questions. Any recommendations from
> the group are really appreciated. Thank for your consideration,
> V Joe Klimkowski, PhD
> Chemistry Research Affiliate
> Butler University
> Indianapolis, IN