[phenixbb] warning: do not upgrade Mac OS yet!

Nathaniel Echols nechols at lbl.gov
Fri Oct 25 16:33:58 PDT 2013

Following up on this: it is not quite so dire as I had originally thought,
just horribly confusing (and still fundamentally broken).  When you click
an app icon after the GUI first comes up, it will move the main GUI to the
background, and the menus will change to the menus for the specific app,
but the app window doesn't actually appear.  Clicking on the dock icon for
the active GUI magically brings all windows to the foreground, and after
that windows seem to appear normally.  So it is ultimately usable, in
theory.  I will keep poking at this but I can't see anything wrong in our
code, and the font-related error messages are certainly not going away

PS. Apple helpfully resets the security settings when you upgrade, so
attempting to install a new version of Phenix is going to pop up an error
about us not being a registered developer.  You can un-break it by changing
the security settings to allow apps from anywhere to be installed.  I'll
see if there's a solution to this that doesn't involve giving Apple 30% of
our NIH grants.


On Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 7:22 AM, Nathaniel Echols <nechols at lbl.gov> wrote:

> There is some kind of strange issue with wxPython on the new Mac OS
> ("Mavericks"), which for at least the 1.8.4 version prevents Phenix
> application windows (but not the main GUI) from opening.  It is also
> printing out an extraordinary number of warning messages about fonts to the
> console.  I'm hoping there is a simple solution (which seems likely, since
> 1.8.2 is mostly okay despite using the same version of wxPython), but until
> we figure out what is causing this, I recommend leaving your Macs
> unmolested if you want to use the Phenix GUI.
> Updates to follow if-and-when I fix this.
> thanks,
> Nat
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