[Chimera-users] OS X aqua version

Thomas Goddard goddard at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon Jun 2 15:16:21 PDT 2008

Hi Jean-Paul,

   Thanks for the info.  Chimera crashes that occur just on specific 
machines (mac, linux, windows) are almost always graphics driver 
problems and there is little the Chimera developers can do about those.

   Some crashes may also be related to loading large volume data sets 
(totaling > 1 Gbyte) using 32-bit versions of Chimera.  There simply 
isn't enough addressable memory in the 32-bit address space (only 4 
Gbytes used by libraries, os, stack, ...).  We try to catch large memory 
allocation failures so they do not cause a crash but many allocations 
are done by the >30 third-party libraries we use.  We plan on making a 
64-bit Mac Chimera but it is not ready yet.  A 64-bit version is 
available for Linux.

   The most common Chimera crash scenario is calculating solvent 
excluded molecular surfaces (menu entry Actions / Surface / show) which 
occurs on all platforms (mac, linux, windows) in Chimera production 
release 1.2470 (Nov 2007) but not in recent snapshots and daily builds.


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