Signal 6: Unknown Signal <=> Error with MAYA4.X under Linux SOLVED!!!!


#1

Hi,

to all the people out there who have experienced the
following message while starting Maya 4.5 under Linux:


/usr/aw/maya4.5/bin/maya.bin encountered a fatal error

Signal: 6 (Unknown Signal)
Attempting to save in
/usr/tmp/faeroon.030103.2223.ma


and don’t know what to do - I got the answer :smiley:

After working on this for nearly a week (switching
distros, packing and unpacking libs, trying this and
that) I’ve found that the clue lies with the ColorDepth
of your X-server!

The normal vesa driver seems not capable of handling more
than 16bit color , but to run Maya you need at least 24bit.

NVidia customers should download the newest nvidia driver
for their card (go here for the drivers: http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?IO=linux_display_archive )
other users should try drivers for their cards.

Here’s a quick tutorial how to install the nvidia drivers
under Linux Redhat 8, but it’s easy to convert it to other
distros: http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=1890&page=2

Just make sure that in your /etc/X11/XF86Config file,
under Section “Screen” you’ve got:

Section “Screen”
Identifier “Screenname”
Device “(identifier of your graphics card)”
Monitor (identifier of your monitor)"
DefaultDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
	[b]Depth 24[/b]
	Modes	"1024x768" (or whatever you got there)
EndSubsection

EndSection

This is it:


DefaultDepth 24
Depth 24


I hope this helped some of you - I’ve spend a WHOLE
lot of time and many many posts in various linux boards
to find that one out.
Who could’ve know that it was this that “Signal: 6 (Unknown Signal)” meant! :slight_smile:

Anyway - have fun!

Cheers

Faeroon


#2

please log this thread under the Maya FAQ thread.

thanks

Ali


#3

I’m not trying to be a dick or anything, but isn’t it common sense to install the drivers for your video card? Don’t you do that on windows?

Also everything explained in that osnews article is the same as the nvidia readme file on the linux driver download site.


#4

@beaker:

G
Of course it is.
But for someone that has never worked with Linux before it’s NOT normal to type stuff into some
strange text files and so on.
Even IF you install the nvidia driver - there’s still 16bit on and because there’s no GUI for setting the resolution in Linux (or hit me for this - I don’t know one and have never heard of any!!) and therefore
it’s NOT common that some newbie steps right into
/etc/X11/XF86Config and knows what to do. :rolleyes:

On the other side: what does Signal 6 mean?
NOONE had known! Not on Highend3D,
not here, not ANYWHERE i went.
Who could’ve know this? You definitely look first after the install, missing symlinks, libs or what ever.

The tutorial for the nvidia drivers that I’ve linked is not from me, but it helped ME -
if you don’t need it, don’t read it :cool:

Cheers

Faeroon


#5

>>Even IF you install the nvidia driver - there’s still 16bit on and because there’s no GUI for setting the resolution in Linux (or hit me for this - I don’t know one and have never heard of any!!) and therefore it’s NOT common that some newbie steps right into
/etc/X11/XF86Config and knows what to do.

There is a gui for setting screen resolution in the preferences on the gnome side(I don’t know if kde has one for it.)


#6

Yep, that can be, but most users that I know use KDE and I’m a blackbox fan so… :shrug:

After all - I’ve got many emails from people who are glad that this mess is solved and I’m glad for my part in it :stuck_out_tongue:


#7

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