[Ifeffit] Possible bug - dathena does not work on XP mode

ASAKURA, Hiroyuki h.asakura at nusr.nagoya-u.ac.jp
Sat Jun 1 01:41:08 CDT 2013

Hi Bruce,

I applied the new updater package, but could not open dathena with the same dathena.log output "Can't load Ifeffit.dll".
I wrote what I did on XP mode below.

1. Uninstall Demeter and Install Demeter
dathena does not boot.

Size: 746 KB
Timestamp: 2012 Oct 22

2. Update Demeter to 0.9.17 (newly packaged updater, 3.45MB)
dathena does not boot

Size: 746 KB
Timestamp: 2013 May 31

C:\strawberry\c\lib\Ifeffit.dll (new!)
Size: 746 KB
Timestamp: 2013 May 31

I saw three command prompts sequentially appeared in this update process.
This process is too fast to follow messages in each window, but there might be something wrong in the second and third prompt. At least, the third one tried to kick some .bat file (right?), but seems to be "not found".
I am not sure this is related to the present issue because dathena does not boot up before applying 0.9.17 updater.

In addition, I tried to install Demeter on one Windows XP real machine and found dathena works!
So, as far as I know, at least there are three (or four) cases.

1.Demeter on Windows 7 (works)
2. Demeter on some Windows XP (works)
3. Demeter on some Windows XP (does not work)
(4. Demeter on XP mode (Windows XP in VirtualPC on Windows 7) (does not work))

> Chris
Of course, Windows 7 user should use Demeter straightforwardly.

The reason (or background) I posted this issue here is...
1. I've introduced Demeter to others.
2. Some of them reported to me that they could not open dathena. Most of them were Windows XP users.
3. Then, I do not have any Windows XP machines, so I tried to reproduce this issue on XP mode and confirmed dathena did not work (and posted here).

If there is anything I can do, please tell me.


ASAKURA, Hiroyuki

(2013/06/01 3:45), Bruce Ravel wrote:
> Hiroyuki,
> While I cannot reproduce this problem here on any of my machines, I
> went ahead and rebuilt the updater package -- making sure not to make
> the one mistake that I know of that leads to the error message from
> your log file.
> I successfully tested the rebuilt updater on 3 WinXP machines and 1
> Win 7 machine.
>    http://bruceravel.github.io/demeter/
> If this still does not work (which seems likely, given that you say
> that also does not work), then the thing I would like to know
> is the time stamp and file size of the file
>    C:\strawberry\perl\site\lib\auto\Ifeffit\Ifeffit.dll
> it should be time stamped May 31, 2013 and the file size should be 746
> kb.
> If that is ok on your computer, then I would like you to do a search
> for "Ifeffit.dll" and tell me where else that file is found on your
> computer.
> B
> PS: I added links to earlier version of the updater package to the
> bottom of the Demeter home page.  Won't help in this case, but it may
> be useful in  the future.
> On Saturday, June 01, 2013 12:05:24 AM ASAKURA, Hiroyuki wrote:
>> Dear list,
>> I am trying to use dathena, dartemis and dhephaestus in Demeter 0.9.17
>> package on Windows XP ("XP mode" on Windows 7), but neither Athena nor
>> Artemis nor Hephaestus works. On Windows 7 (both 32 bit and 64 bit),
>> everything works. The symptoms are similar to the latest post's, the
>> command prompt and the splash screen appears momentarily, disappears, and
>> then nothing happens. In contrast, (stand-alone) Atoms opens.
>> Reinstallation of Demeter does not solve this booting problem.
>> I checked MinGW and demeter.mru problems reported on this ML, but there are
>> no other MinGW installation or corrupted detemer.mru.
>> OS: Windows XP on Virtual PC ("XP mode" on Windows 7 32 bit) (Japanese
>> version) (All updates are applied.) Demeter: 0.9.17 (on standard path
>> C:\strawberry...) (ver. also does not work.)
>> In addition, I've heard that this phenomenon happens at least on Windows XP
>> in many other real machines. (not on virtual machines)
>> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
>> Best regards,
>> ASAKURA, Hiroyuki

ASAKURA, Hiroyuki
Designated Research Associate
Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Nagoya University, Japan
h.asakura at nusr.nagoya-u.ac.jp

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