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Re: st: GUI crashes, SUSE Linux 64-bit, Stata-MP

From   "KEN KLINE" <>
To   <>
Subject   Re: st: GUI crashes, SUSE Linux 64-bit, Stata-MP
Date   Wed, 08 Jul 2009 13:13:55 -0400

Thank you.  You've given me a few leads I've not pursued.  I appreciate it!  -Ken

Kenneth J. Kline
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W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
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>>> Neil Shephard <> 7/8/2009 11:25 AM >>>
On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 4:18 PM, KEN KLINE<> wrote:
> We're having problems with complete Stata GUI crashes.  We're running SUSE Linux SP1 64-bit and Stata-MP8.
> Using Putty/X-ming to connect to the server over SSH, highlighting text with the mouse in the "do editor" sometimes results in complete crashes of the Stata session (all windows close, connection with the server is lost).  It happens typically once or twice per month for most users.  It happens daily for myself.
> Using Hummingbird via Telnet or SSH, when running a Stata program, a complete GUI crash results every time before the program finishes and communication via SSH is very sluggish.
> PCs are Windows XP.  Stata technical support, Exceed/Hummingbird technical support have not been able to get to the bottom of this (have done network traces as well).  Any ideas????

Do you get the crashes when sat in front of the server itself?

If so that suggests its an aspect of the windowing system on the server.

Have you looked in /var/log/Xorg.0.log for anything that may be
relevant (unlikely since most of its involved in the initiation of X
sessions, but worth checking on both the server and client side of

Anything in the output of 'dmesg' thats relevant?

A third combination to try is Cygwin/X as providing local X windowing
system for the connection.

If none of this works, why not just ssh in and use the terminal based
version of Stata (although I have a vague recollection that generating
graphs in this manner can be problematic).

Nothing very specific I'm afraid, so likely not much help.

"The combination of some data and an aching desire for an answer does
not ensure that a reasonable answer can be extracted from a given body
of data." ~ John Tukey (1986), "Sunset salvo". The American
Statistician 40(1).

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