[Chimera-users] Help with installing DMS and Chimera

Eric Pettersen pett at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Apr 17 11:07:38 PDT 2007

On Apr 16, 2007, at 7:47 PM, Ben Keshet wrote:
> Hello everybody,
>  I am a very inexperienced new user of Linux / cygwin and having  
> problems in installing DMS and Chimera:
> 1. I am trying to install DMS but having problems with specifying  
> correctly the pathway to the appropriate locations of the BINDIR  
> and LIBDIR directories in the GNUmakefile. I am getting a message:  
> “Cannot create directory… not such file or directory”.  I have  
> tried it both on Linux enterprise 4 and on Windows using cygwin.   
> My pathway includes spaces, i.e: /cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/ 
> User Name/Desktop/dms/bin   Can anyone please tell me how exactly I  
> should enter the pathway (I think the spaces cause the problem but  
> not sure)?
Your assessment of spaces being the problem is probably correct.  Try  
putting double quotes around the path (i.e. LIBDIR="path" and  
>  2. I am having problems running the chimera-installer.exe. file of  
> Chimera on Linux.  When I double-clicked on it, it tells me that I  
> cannot execute the file, so as suggested in the instructions  
> (http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/1.2304/linux.html) I typed chmod  
> +x ‘filename’ .  When I checked the properties of the file after  
> chmod, the box of ‘execute’ was checked (so I believe that I really  
> changed the file’s permissions). However, I am still getting the  
> same error message when I double-click it.  Does anyone know what  
> am I doing wrong?
Some Linux desktop managers are "smart" and "know" that files that  
end in .exe are Windows executables and will not let you execute them  
no matter what.  You could try removing the .exe from the name and  
see if you are allowed to start it then.  Otherwise you will have to  
start a terminal (probably under some system tools menu) and go to  
your desktop (type: cd ~/Desktop) and execute the installer directly  
(type: ./chimera-installer.exe).  Let me know if you need more help.


                         Eric Pettersen
                         UCSF Computer Graphics Lab
                         pett at cgl.ucsf.edu

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