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
and don’t know what to do - I got the answer
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
Just make sure that in your /etc/X11/XF86Config file,
under Section “Screen” you’ve got:
Device “(identifier of your graphics card)”
Monitor (identifier of your monitor)"
Subsection "Display" [b]Depth 24[/b] Modes "1024x768" (or whatever you got there) EndSubsection
This is it:
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!
Anyway - have fun!