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[Update REQ 5050]: GeomView

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  • Subject: [Update REQ 5050]: GeomView
  • From: "Ed Chi" <chi>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Sep 1994 18:13:19 -0500 (CDT)

Hi, Declan and Nick,

Thanks for writing back with the problem report.  I'll respond to each 
one of your points below:

1) As far as the open file problem you are experiencing, we do not know 
what the problem comes from and have no fix for this.  We do know that 
Xgeomview runs fine under SunOS 4.x.  We don't have a Sun machine running 
Solaris here, and therefore, have no way of checking out this problem.

I talked to people on the Xgeomview development team here, and they
suggested running the binary that's ftp'able from our ftp site at 
geom.umn.edu.  Hopefully the binary executable will work for you.

2) You said you had to change the location of the objects in Webnode.C.  
The object that's hardcoded in the Webnode.C will be available always at 
our web site, but it's fine that you changed it.

3)  I wonder what was the problem you were running into with the labeling 
in Webspace.  Could you be more specific and perhaps tell us what was the 
change you made?

4)  There is a standard "Geometry Center Weboogl repository" at our 
www.geom server.  It's at:
This URL is accessible at the bottom of our Weboogl page:

5) it would be nice to know what changes you had to make to make the 
weboogl.perl script run correctly on your solaris machine.  Please sent 
us the difference.

I'm glad you've enjoyed our Weboogl and Geomview projects.


PS: The following email is included so we can log this stuff in our 
software request system.

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Date: Wed, 14 Sep 1994 16:39:05 +0000
From: Declan Kilcline <dkilcline at bt-sys.bt.co.uk>
To: chi at geom
Subject: GeomView

Thanks for getting back to me on this. Since the last message things have
improved a lot.

We are using a sun solaris2.3 and needed to use the cc compiler to get the
makefiles run ok (and alter some of the search paths especially those for

Webspace does not cause any problems but i had to change where the objects
were located in the Webnode.C program. 

Labelling works fine now after a bit of fine tuning with the perl script

The problem :

Geomview menubar will not read in any oogls (via File-Open). Has this menu
option been disabled somewhere? The loadan-object window pops up but will not
respond to mouse movements/clicking.

One last thing :

Do i have all the oogl objects (cubes,triangles) that came with the geomview
application that will (hopefully) become standard ?

P.S. We think geomview is great and is a success with Mosaic. Keep up the 

Declan Kilcline

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On Wed, 14 Sep 1994, Nicholas J. Kings wrote:

> Hi Ed,
> Declan Kiliclin is working for me an we have just got geomview working
> and able to access oogl files with embedded url references.
> I had to do some minor edits to get the perl in weboogl.perl to work on our 
> machines. Do you want to be sent the differences?
> "geomview" cannot open any new objects, from the X interface.
> >From "Open >", the "Load an Object" widget cannot be selected, ie the 
> cursor cannot select any portion of the window, or activate any button.
> This occurs for gvx (built from source and binary).
> The machine it is running on is as follows:-
> SunOS boron 5.3 Generic_101674-01 sun4m sparc
> The program does not core dump.
> Nick

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