From: Yinglong Miao (
Date: Fri May 25 2007 - 16:59:11 CDT

Dear all,

I have been haunted by a problem with installing VMD on a LINUX
cluster, BigRed, at IU. BigRed consists of 512 IBM JS21 Blades, each
with two dual-core PowerPC processors and runs SuSE Linux Enterprise
Server operating system (see

I was told that BigRed doesn't support OpenGL and even has issues with
X. And VMD cannot be installed with GUI. But I want to use VMD for
numerical analyses of NAMD simulation outputs by making use of VMD
plugins. Also for my current NAMD simulations, I need to call TCL
scripts which need to be interpreted by VMD with its plugins (some
basic functions handling dcd, pdb files, atom selection , etc.). So I
want to ask is there a way to have VMD installed as a TCL interpreter
executed with "vmd -dispdev text -e myscript.tcl" without worrying
about the graphics support?

There were some discussions in previous posts about "vmd can't start up
after being installed in linux" (lanhua Tue Apr 17 2007), but I didn't
find my answers there. Do you have any more ideas?

Best regards,

Yinglong Miao
Ph.D. Candidate
Center for Cell and Virus Theory
Department of Chemistry, C203A
Indiana University
800 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
1-812-856-0981 (office)
1-812-857-6205 (home)