[Ifeffit] Demeter Crashes on opening in Windows Bootcamp

Matt Newville newville at cars.uchicago.edu
Wed Jul 8 07:31:52 CDT 2015

Ganesh --

I think the error message is the same because the problem is the same:
gnuplot.exe  is not being found in the PATH.   And, indeed,
C:\strawberry\c\bin\gnuplot\bin is not in the PATH used when running
dartemis.bat.     The message is telling you that it needs to be.

I believe that the Demeter batch scripts (dartemis.bat, etc) inherit the
system-wide PATH variable, and do not explicitly set the PATH.   This is
probably why the log file shows several MATLAB folders in your PATH -- this
could also cause problems, such as finding the wrong version of some DLL.
I know I've run into problems with path confusion when multiple versions of
perl are installed on a Windows machine.  If the batch scripts explicitly
set the path to be exactly (and only) what is needed to run the programs,
it might better avoid such problems.  I don't quite understand how the
batch files are created in Demeter's build system.

But, coming back to your immediate issue: try making sure your PATH does
include C:\strawberry\c\bin\gnuplot\bin.


On Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 3:07 AM, Ganesh Subramanian <gunkanna at gmail.com>

> Dear Bruce and Matt,
>> My first guess is that the culprit is anti-virus software running on
>> Ganesh's computer.  I have seen other examples of parts of Demeter being
>> falsely identified as problematic and being removed, rendering the
>> Demeter programs unusable.
>> That said, on Ganesh's computer, the gnuplot executable should be in
>>     C:\strawberry\c\bin\gnuplot\bin
> Yes - I can locate it exactly at this path and the executable file does
> open from there.
>> There are some other conceivable ways to see this problem, but I am
>> placing my first bet on over-aggressive anti-virus software.
>> I did have McAfee. I uninstalled the program and restarted my computer
> and the problem still persists. It seems very much the same, im posting the
> most recent log-file.
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