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Re: IDL crashing badly on my solaris 8 system

Jonathan Joseph wrote:
> On  2000/11/07 Peter Clinch wrote:
> >> Has anyone had any problems with IDL 5.4 stability?
> >
> >Just installed it.  Looked in the What's New book, and XVOLUME and XROI
> >look like useful thingies, so I fire them up with the example code in
> >the book, and after several pages of font errors IDL crashes out with a
> >core dump.  Hey ho...
> >
> >Waiting for RSI to get back to me, will probably nudge them later
> >today.  So far, not a Big Win!
> >
> >That's on Solaris 8/SPARC on an Ultra 30.
> I couldn't find any posted solution to peter's problem.
> I am seeing what may be a similar problem.  While I haven't
> personally seen a bunch of font errors printed out, one of
> our student's has - probably the way I caused the crash caused
> the window to be obscured so I could not read the errors.
> I could not check for errors afterwards, because the crash
> not only kills IDL, but it kills the whole CDE session.
> I can cause this crash easily and consistently by firing up
> the IDL demo:
> IDL> demo
> Then clicking on the "visualization" button then clicking on
> the "flythrough" button.  A big mostly blank window pops up, then
> shortly thereafter, my CDE session terminates.
> Here's my system info.
> # uname -a
> SunOS cayman 5.8 Generic_108528-08 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Blade-1000
> Can anyone offer any suggestions?

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I think a patch is required from Sun to fix a problem with Solaris.

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