[Ifeffit] athena error message.....

Bruce Ravel bravel at bnl.gov
Tue Dec 10 15:21:20 CST 2013

Hi all,

This email from a few days ago got an incorrect answer.  This same
situation was brought to my attention by someone here at BNL, which
helped me to understand the problem better.

My answer before suggested that this was another example of the
often-reported problem with MinGW [1].  While that still may be a
problem (I have no way on knowing in William's case), the immediate
problem was something else.

This problem, which results in the error message shown in the
attachment, is due to a problem with the splash screen image that gets
posted to the screen while Athena and friends are starting up.  I have
not yet figured out how to solve the problem properly, but I have a
successful work-around:

  1. Navigate to C:\strawberry\perl\site\bin (or \perl\site\bin\ in
     whatever location you installed the software)

  2. Edit the file dathena.bat in a text editor (NOT in Word!  use
     WordPad or NotePad).  Comment out line 22, which say

       use Wx::Perl::SplashFast 
Demeter::Here->here.'UI/Athena/share/logo.jpg', 4000;

     change it to read

       ## use Wx::Perl::SplashFast 
Demeter::Here->here.'UI/Athena/share/logo.jpg', 4000;

     i.e. put one or more # symbols at the beginning of the line.

  3. Comment out the similar line in each of dartemis.bat and

You should now be able to use the programs, although you will no longer
get to look at the splash screen images during the 5 or so seconds it
takes the program to start.

This solution is known to work in one case on a Windows 8 laptop.


[1] http://cars9.uchicago.edu/ifeffit/Demeter/MingwFix

On 12/02/2013 07:45 AM, Bruce Ravel wrote:
> On 11/30/2013 05:17 PM, William Nash wrote:
>> Heya Bruce,
>> I'm trying to use Athena to process some XANES data from the Diamond
>> Synchrotron (UK). I went to the demeter webpage and downloaded/ran the
>> installer and the updater. However, when I try to run athena, I get an
>> error message:
>> (Window Title: "perl.exe - Entry Point Not Found")
>> The procedure entry point __gxx_personality_v0 could not be located in
>> the dynamic link library libstdc++-6.dll.
>> Is this an error you are familiar with? I don't seem to be able to get
>> around it. It time permits, would you mind giving me some guidance.
>> Grateful thanks,
>> William

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

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