[Chimera-users] Chimera on x86_64?

Thomas Goddard goddard at cgl.ucsf.edu
Wed Nov 29 15:32:47 PST 2006

Hi Ben,

  There's no technical obstacle to us making regular 64-bit linux Chimera
distributions.  The only issue is having time to do it.

  The work involves compiling the ~30 third party libraries that
Chimera uses.  I did this is the past and it took about one day of
fiddling.  Our Chimera build scripts compile all of the third party
libraries automatically and my past hand fiddling to build on 64-bit
linux would have to be put into our scripts.  That could take a 1 to 5
days of work.  We have a 64-bit linux machine to do the work on.

  So it all comes down to when one of the 4 developers (Tom Goddard,
Eric Pettersen, Greg Couch, or Conrad Huang) has time to work on that.
I don't think I will have time until January at the earliest.

  Could you give me a better sense of how much need there is in the
Sali lab?  Are you really saying you would not install 32-bit Linux
system libraries except for Chimera?  I would think there are a fair
number of applications out there with binary distributions only for
32-bit.  The other problem you point out is that 32-bit Chimera Python
cannot use your own 64-bit Python modules.  Are you using additional
C Python modules within Chimera that do not come with Chimera?  That
is interesting -- what are they?


> From: Ben Webb <ben at salilab.org>
> To: Eric Pettersen <pett at cgl.ucsf.edu>
> Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 12:51:27 -0800
> Subject: Chimera on x86_64?
> I wonder if you could give me a rough idea of when you plan to make 
> regular builds of Chimera on x86_64 (if at all)? All I've been able to 
> glean from the download page and the mailing list archive is that you 
> do make occasional builds, but recommend the 32-bit version.
> Memory isn't so much of an issue for us in particular (although we are 
> increasingly looking at large EM maps) but the requirement to have 
> 32-bit libraries is starting to become a problem. All of our new 
> desktops are x86_64 machines, and it's a pain to require the 32-bit 
> libraries just for Chimera. Additionally, our users want to 
> mix-and-match Python modules (including Modeller, of course) and 
> Chimera is unable to import any module which has a C backend, since 
> they're compiled for x86_64 and the Python interpreter in Chimera is 
> 32-bit. (Of course, we could recompile all of our other Python modules 
> for 32-bit, but that would cause problems with x86_64 apps.)
> If you need people to test x86_64 Chimera builds, we certainly have 
> some demanding users here to break them. ;)
> 	Ben
> -- 
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> "It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data."
> 	- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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