Jun 02 2008

Finding Limits – OpenSim 0.5.7_4952 can be crashed

Published by at 2212h under OpenSim

For the Linux SL client on my HP keyboard, (Alt- + Windows- = Alt- ) as the SL client works in Windows.

Yesterday evening I added a YouTube embed to a post, and it showed up today with a toxic URL in it. That edit was made from Windows, so tonight I’m running Ad-Aware full scan, which takes awhile. So to keep at it, I took the test server (E6550-3.4 GHz/4GB) and ran it with 40 regions standalone, real UC Berkeley terrain, and ODE; then to be testing I installed the latest now-Beta SL client 1_19_1_4 and went for it!

Things are getting ever smoother with the Second Life client for Linux. I first fired it up and went to Agni, and saw that the 1:25 scale Berkurodam model rezzed much more slowly than it did when I last tried the Windows client a couple of nights ago. I say that because I saw the ellipsoids of the sculpties, as ellipsoids, for many seconds.

Then I quit and launched with “./secondlife -loginuri host:9000” and saw the terrain rezzing like never before. One of the wild things about OpenSim is that if you try something that you’ve done before eons ago, like three weeks, things can be different in some really good and unexpected ways. Like the speed with with terrain rezzed once I set my draw distance out to 512 meters and flew to a NEly corner of a sim. Wow, I’ve never seen so many regions filling in at once, and nary a delay for the little texture patches that follow along. It made me think that network speed limits some of the experience, even when its a local 100-Mb wire.

Anyway, I was able to saunter in flight all about the 40 regions and be fairly impressed. Then I stopped by the Greek theater site, rezzed a 10-meter cube and threw it up 1 kilometer into the air. It landed with much less bounce than I saw on the default sinc-shaped islands last night, but still looked as slippery as an ice cube while it wiggled its way into the very lowest spot of the stage area. I tried to make a machinima of the experience using the SL client feature, but I did not take time to lower my resolution from 1600×1200 for the video, and I never could find the AVI file that I expected to have made. Still, although at this point I was getting the CPUs up toward 70% at times, as soon as I cooled off and stared at the Ubuntu System Monitor, things got quiet fast, like 5% on each core.

Everything still seemed to be just ducky, until I found one more cool thing. You see, I’d been grasping about for the proper keyboard shortcuts to gain camera control on the SL Linux client. Like in Photoshop or the Windows SL client, I tend to use the keys around the space bar, Alt-, Ctl- and the arrows quite a bit. So I’ve been frustrated with the Linux client because the same Ctl-Alt combination that I want to use to spin the camera around usually does something nasty to the Gnome window when dragging the mouse. But no more. I stumbled on (what surely must be documented somewhere) the solution–the dreaded Windoze key on my HP keyboard works with the SL Linux client just the way that I expect the Ctl- key to work.

For the Linux SL client on my HP keyboard, (Alt- + Windows- = Alt- ) as the SL client works in Windows.

Once I got that grokked, I was doing some very mobile camera work for a couple of minutes, and then I tried to rez a physical sphere to see how it dropped. But it didn’t. Although my SL client was quite happy—I’d managed to hang OpenSim with this stacktrace, and now although I restart OpenSim, I can’t log in.

Native stacktrace:

../cli [0x51bb67]
../cli [0x43dacd]
/lib/libpthread.so.0 [0x7f13d3fcd7d0]
/usr/local/lib/libode.so(_Z27gim_trimesh_update_verticesP11GIM_TRIMESH+0x205) [0x7f13d06b2c75]
/usr/local/lib/libode.so(_Z18gim_trimesh_updateP11GIM_TRIMESH+0x18) [0x7f13d06b2d58]
/usr/local/lib/libode.so(_ZN9dxTriMesh11computeAABBEv+0xcc) [0x7f13d06a2a1c]
/usr/local/lib/libode.so(_ZN11dxHashSpace10cleanGeomsEv+0x34) [0x7f13d0670714]
/usr/local/lib/libode.so(_ZN11dxHashSpace10cleanGeomsEv+0x5f) [0x7f13d067073f]
/usr/local/lib/libode.so(_ZN11dxHashSpace8collide2EPvP6dxGeomPFvS0_S2_S2_E+0x39) [0x7f13d0670639]

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