[Ifeffit] problems with ATHENA

Ravel, Bruce bravel at bnl.gov
Wed Dec 12 09:05:07 CST 2007

Hi Chiara,

I think I know what happened and I have a few other things to look at
if I am wrong.

Athena attempts to remember where you last positioned the window and
moves there on start up.  It does this but writing its size and
position to the file "~/.horae/athena.mru".  (That's under C:\Program
Files\ Ifeffit on Windows.)  If you move Athena such that it is half
off the screen, then a negative value for one or both of the positions
will be saved.  When Athena restarts, it attempts to put itself in
that off-screen position.

I use kubuntu.  Apparently kwin (the KDE window manager) is more
clever than that and will move the window to a position that is fully
visible, overriding the position that Tk (the graphics toolkit used by
athena) requested.  It would seem that metacity (or whatever GNOME is
using for a window manager these days) is not so clever.

The work-around is simple.  Edit the "~/.horae/athena.mru" file.  At
the bottom, you will find a section that looks something like this:


Simple delete all those lines and fire up Athena again.

If that solves the problem, the only solutions are to constantly edit
that file by hand or to never leave Athena dangling off the side of
the visible desktop.  Obviously, what you have seen is a bug and needs
to be fixed in the next release.

If all of that does not solve the problem, then I am bit stumped.  You
could try these two commands:

  xrdb -query


  alias athena

to see if anything has been done to set X resources for Athena or for
Tk processes.

Let us know what happens.


> Dear all,
> it seems I have a great problem with athena.
> As I write "athena" on the terminal to launch the program,  it says:

> :~$ athena
> bad geometry specifier "15x-204+652+393" at /usr/lib/perl5/Tk/Submethods.pm
> line 37.
> :~$

> On my desktop, I can see only the pgplot screen (I'm sending a screenshot of
> what I see), but the athena screen with all commands does not appear.

> Can someone help-me?

> I have reinstalled all ifeffit packages, and horae as well, but with no
> result.
> Artemis, on the other hand, works well!

> Thank you.

> Chiara

> p.s. I'm using Ubuntu 7.10 gutsy gibbon

 Bruce Ravel  ----------------------------------- bravel at bnl.gov

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