[Ifeffit] error when fitting in Artemis

George Sterbinsky GeorgeSterbinsky at u.northwestern.edu
Fri Jan 6 16:32:45 CST 2017

Hi Robert and Bruce,

Thank you for your replies and, Robert, for providing a work-around. I too
apologize for taking so long to respond. I was hoping to investigate the
problem a bit further as to provide a more actionable bug report before
responding to Robert, but in light of Bruce's message that no longer seems
as necessary. I also do not see a "phase.bin" file on my computer, and I do
see "0_Warning.txt". I will try to figure out when, in the history of the
file, it became damaged and report back to the list if that information
will help others prevent the problem or indicates a fix.

Thanks again,

On Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 10:05 AM, Bruce Ravel <bravel at bnl.gov> wrote:

> On 12/22/2016 12:11 PM, George Sterbinsky wrote:
>> I have attached an Artemis project. Upon opening the project, and
>> clicking the fit button the error in the attached log file is generated
>> and the fit is not run. Looking at the history, fits have been run
>> previously without error. The error message indicates Feff may need to
>> be run again, but upon opening the Atoms and Feff window and then
>> clicking on the Feff tab, I see the Run Feff button is grey and cannot
>> be clicked. What steps are necessary in order to run a fit?
> Hi George,
> Sorry it has taken so long to respond.  Partly holidays, partly that I
> have been doing a bunch of work on Demeter that needed to get finished.
> So, the problem here does not seem to be a problem with Artemis.  It seems
> to be an issue with someone's antivirus software.
> The artemis.fpj is simply a zip file with a different file extension.
> Opening it up, one finds a folder called "feff".  In the case of your
> project file, the relevant subfolder is "azxqc" (that's a randomly
> generated 5-character string, which is how Demeter names most things
> internally).  In that folder, there should be a "phase.bin" file from the
> Feff run.  It's absent.  Instead, I see a file called "0_Warning.txt", the
> contents of which read:
> A file has been blocked due to the 'Blocked for exchange' rule.
> Context: 'phase.bin'
> Disallowed due to
> Ticket Number: '09e8-5852-0da2-0001'
> See your system administrator for further information. Copyright 1999-2013
> McAfee, Inc.All Rights Reserved.http://www.mcafee.com
> Now, I do not know if this happened when you mailed the project file to
> the list or if it happened at some other time.  While the error message is
> certainly misleading in this case, I think that it is Artemis' way of
> complaining about the missing phase.bin file.
> Perhaps there is some other problem at play.  I don't know.  But I cannot
> possibly troubleshoot that other problem given that an anti-virus package
> has, at some point, irretrievably damaged this project file.
> I think that the only plausible work-around is Robert's suggestion.
> Reimport the feff.inp file, rerun Feff, exclude the existing path,
> drag-and-drop the replacement path, then push path parameter values from
> the old path to the new one.  Awkward, but I don't know what else to
> suggest.
> B
> PS: If anyone has any kind of working knowledge of McAfee or any other AV
> software, I would be open to a suggestion for how to fix this.  Is it a
> file /name/ problem -- should phase.bin be called something else?  Is there
> something in the phase.bin file that triggered McAfee?  Any wisdom would be
> welcome.
> --
>  Bruce Ravel  ------------------------------------ bravel at bnl.gov
>  National Institute of Standards and Technology
>  Synchrotron Science Group at NSLS-II
>  Building 743, Room 114
>  Upton NY, 11973
>  Homepage:    http://bruceravel.github.io/home/
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>  Demeter:     http://bruceravel.github.io/demeter/
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