[Ifeffit] No plot window in Athena/Demeter on Mac OS X Yosemite

George Sterbinsky GeorgeSterbinsky at u.northwestern.edu
Thu Sep 10 10:56:42 CDT 2015

Hi Remi,

I noticed a typo in the commands you used. "selfupdate" should be one word,
not two. Perhaps this was just a typo in your email, but if not then you
may want to try running it again. Also, I noticed that the instructions at
the Demeter website say to log out and log back in after installation, so
you may want to try that if you have not.

If that is not the problem, here is the sequence I used to get Demeter
working on my system:

1. install XQuartz 2.7.7 (xorg-server 1.15.2).
2. install Xcode
3. install command line tools by typing "xcode-select --install" in the
4. install macports:
5. ensure macports is working by typing "sudo port -v selfupdate" in the
6. run "sudo port upgrade outdated".
7. install Demeter using the command "sudo port install demeter-devel".
8. log out and log back in (I didn't need to do this, but the instructions
say that it may be necessary in some cases).

You mentioned you already have Xcode and XQuartz installed. I don't know if
this will fix your problem, but you could try uninstalling macports (
http://guide.macports.org/#installing.macports.uninstalling), then follow
steps 3 through 8 above. I hope that helps.


On Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 9:18 AM, Rémi BELISSONT <bel_5700 at hotmail.com>

> Hello,
> I’m currently using Athena using the iXAFS 3.0.3 application, which is –
> if I’ve well understood – an old version no longer updated (
> http://cars9.uchicago.edu/ifeffit/Downloads).
> So, today I tried to install the current version by installing Demeter,
> following the procedure detailed at http://bruceravel.github.io/demeter/.
> I’ve *carefully* installed Macports 2.3.3, i.e., installed Xcode 6.4,
> agreed to Xcode licence, and installed Macports for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
> I runned the sudo port -v self update command
> Then sudo port install xorg-server demeter
> And port upgrade outdated to ensure everything is up to date
> Plus, I have XQuartz 2.7.7 installed.
> Here is my problem.
> Athena launches well from the Terminal (in home directory), I have the
> main window (pearl5.22), I can import data or load former athena projects
> etc, but there is no plot window. No error message shows up in the
> terminal. However I can still produce a PNG of the plot I’m
> desperately trying to see via Plots/Save last plot as...
> I’ve seen a similar thread concerning such an issue in OS X Mavericks
> but couldn’t solve it from what was explained there (
> http://millenia.cars.aps.anl.gov/pipermail/ifeffit/2014-January/011644.html).
> I guess the issue comes from the DISPLAY environment but I don’t have any
> clue to solve that.
> Thank you in advance for your help,
> I think it may be useful for other users,
> Kind regards,
> Rémi
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