[Chimera-users] Daily build requirements

sherden at caltech.edu sherden at caltech.edu
Wed Mar 31 17:42:01 PDT 2010

Wonderful, that worked very well.  Thanks a bunch.


> On Mar 31, 2010, at 4:34 PM, sherden at caltech.edu wrote:
>>  So to get thermal ellipsoids to display from a .cif file (as
>> opposed to
>> a .pdb) it looks like I need version 1.50 or greater of Chimera, but
>> it
>> looks like versions of Chimera above 1.4x don't seem to run on my
>> Mac (I
>> have system 10.4.11).  What OSX system version do I need so that I can
>> run a version of chimera that I can get thermal ellipsoids to display
>> from a .cif file?  Or, conversely is there a way I can get one of the
>> more recent daily builds to run on OSX system 10.4.11?
> Hi Nat,
> 	As you just encountered, the Chimera 1.4 series of releases are the
> last to support OS X 10.4.  So you can't run Chimera 1.5+ without
> upgrading your OS X.  Nonetheless, the changes made to support thermal
> ellipsoids in CIF files were all in the Python layer, so you should be
> able to drop a Python file with the changes into your 1.4 distribution
> and I think it should just work.  I've attached the relevant file
> (__init__.py).  You need to put it inside your 1.4 version of
> Chimera.  Do this by right-clicking on the Chimera app in your Finder
> and choosing "Show Package Contents" from the popup menu.  This will
> bring up a new Finder window.  Navigate to Contents/Resources/share/
> mmCIF.  Replace the __init__.py file in there with the attached
> __init__.py.  Restart Chimera and cross your fingers.
> 	Despite this possibly working I recommend upgrading to the 1.5
> release whenever feasible since there are some nice improvements in
> the Thermal Ellipsoids tool that you will otherwise be missing.
> --Eric
>                          Eric Pettersen
>                          UCSF Computer Graphics Lab
>                          http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu

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