[Chimera-users] A question on tunnelling chimera through ssh between a linux server and OSX client

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Apr 29 15:35:46 PDT 2014

Unfortunately, while the remote display of OpenGL applications should 
work, it is poorly supported since the demise of SGI and DEC 
workstations.  When it does work, it is usually because the same OpenGL 
driver is installed on both the server and client computers.

Normally, your best option for the Mac would be to use the XQuartz from 
http://xquartz.macosforge.org/ and since that didn't work, your next 
best option is to use remote desktop application like vnc.  I don't know 
if you can have multiple separate desktops with vnc for each user, so 
that might be limited to one user at a time.  You could also try 
updating the Mesa packages on the server (especially the mesa-glx 
packages). Newer versions of Mesa are much better at supporting remote 
OpenGL (via the GLX protocol).  It appears that wheezy has Mesa 8, and 
debian-testing only has Mesa 9, instead of the lastest Mesa 10, so if 
you go this route, I'd recommend compiling Mesa 10 yourself if possible.



On 04/29/2014 08:49 AM, Miguel Ortiz Lombardía wrote:
> Hi all,
> I understand that this is not a typical use of chimera, so I don't
> expect much support, but I would appreciate if someone can give me a
> clue to solve the issue...
> We have a GNU/Linux server (Debian wheezy) with some EM software
> installed on it. One of these programs calls at some point chimera to
> show something on which the user has to act upon (or just check, not
> sure, I'm not the user as you've guessed) This machine is accessed from
> client OSX machines via ssh. All permissions are set so X11 is
> seamlessly tunnelled between them (checked with many graphical programs)
> Now, for a OSX client running on 10.6.8 (snow leopard) and using Apple's
> X11 the whole process works without problems. But for a OSX on 10.7.5
> (lion) with a parallel installation of Apple's X11 and Xquartz 2.7.5 the
> first small window opens and then the chimera process hangs (it can be
> killed via Ctrl-C, which returns the control to the program that
> launched chimera and things can proceed, though without the information
> provided by chimera)
> If I connect to the Linux server from the lion machine and directly
> execute chimera I make a different observation: the first small window
> opens but then chimera crashes leaving this error in the terminal:
> Error of failed request:  GLXBadCurrentWindow
>    Major opcode of failed request:  149 (GLX)
>    Minor opcode of failed request:  5 (X_GLXMakeCurrent)
>    Serial number of failed request:  1360
>    Current serial number in output stream:  1360
> Now, I would appreciate any clues on the meaning and possible solution
> of this error or at least any directions on how to properly remove both
> Apple's X11 and Xquartz (they are supposed to be able to work
> side-by-side but I presume that a possible source of problems could
> arise from some conflict between them) AND re-install them to test them
> in a fresh install.
> Downgrading the lion machine to snow leopard does not seem to be an
> option...
> Thank you!
> Cheers,

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