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Re: [SCIRUN-USERS] Default xterm application for SCIRun on OSX Mavericks

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  • From: Ashu Chaturvedi <>
  • To: "Doshi, Ashish" <>
  • Cc: "Christopher Butson, PhD" <>, "" <>
  • Subject: Re: [SCIRUN-USERS] Default xterm application for SCIRun on OSX Mavericks
  • Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:55:06 -0500

Hi Ashish,

I was having the same problem as Chris when I tried loading SCIRun in Yosemite (OS X 10.10). Reinstalling XQuartz did the trick.

Here is the direct download link to it:


On Oct 22, 2014, at 5:29 PM, Doshi, Ashish <> wrote:

Hi Chris,

I had the same issue when I first installed SCIRun on a OS X 10.9 machine.  You’re correct — X11 has not been supported since 10.6, and Xquartz should be the default xterm application.

The error appears to be a failure of the system to check the installation state of xterm when items are run from the Applications menu.  A simple re-install of Xquartz should fix the problem.

More details here:

Best of luck!


Ashish Doshi, MD, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Washington University in St. Louis

On Oct 22, 2014, at Oct 22, 2014  5:06:49 PM, Christopher Butson, PhD <<>> wrote:

I just downloaded SCIRun 4.7 on a mac workstation running OSX 10.9.5
When I start SCIRun I get the following:

This is strange because I have Xquartz installed and it’s working fine. It appears that the operating system is trying to use X11 as the default xterm application, which is no longer distributed with OSX. Does anyone know a workaround for this? Thanks.


Christopher R. Butson, PhD
Director of Neuromodulation Research
Faculty, Scientific Computing & Imaging (SCI) Institute
Associate Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Neurology & Neurosurgery
University of Utah

Warnock Engineering Building
72 South Central Campus Drive, Room 3686
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112<>

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