Fatal Error on Mac - Houdini 16.5.268 fails to open even after reinstall

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Fatal Error on Mac crashes Houdini on open no matter how many times I reinstall.

Any help?
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Hard to help without knowing what Mac you're using and the OS version (ie, the stuff in About my Mac).
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I have the same situation every time I launch the software

this is the error
How do I find that path?
Fatal Error: data saved to /tmp/houdini_temp/crash.untitled.2821.hipnc

OSX 10.10.5
3.5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeaon E5
64 GB RAM
AMD FirePro D500 3072 MB
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running into the same issue on 10.11.6
Houdini was launching okay until I set the display to high dpi
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running into the same issue on 10.11.6
Houdini was launching okay until I set the display to high dpi

The same for me!

OSX 10.11.6
3.5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5
32 GB RAM
AMD R9 280X 3072 MB
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Also having the same problem. Has anyone found a fix for this?

System Specs:
OSX 10.11.6
2x2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
16GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 2048 MB
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From the System Requirements page at sidefx.com/sysreq regarding VRAM requirements.
“High DPI displays (4K, 5K) or multiple monitors require a minimum of 4GB.”

FYI, if you're having trouble launching Houdini, you can always contact support@sidefx.com or log a bug.
Or, you know, read the system requirements page. Either way.

https://www.sidefx.com/forum/topic/25347/ [www.sidefx.com]

At any rate, if we crap out on launch without telling you why, that's our bad. Sorry about that.
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Try turning off Houdini's high-dpi display support with the environment variable:
export HOUDINI_ENABLE_RETINA=0
That should use significantly less VRAM.
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Try turning off Houdini's high-dpi display support with the environment variable:
export HOUDINI_ENABLE_RETINA=0
That should use significantly less VRAM.
Where is this env var file stored at?
thanks
i too chose hi dpi bc of Imac's hi rez screen,
and Houdini crashes at launch,
with this log:



Crash report from after4n; Houdini FX Version 16.5.378
Uptime 6 seconds
Thu Mar 1 13:36:49 2018
Caught signal 11

2 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x0000000102931e0f AP_Interface::si_CrashHandler::handledSignal(UTsignalHandlerArg) + 575
3 libHoudiniUT.dylib 0x0000000102d9b865 signalCallback(UTsignalHandlerArg) + 85
4 libHoudiniUT.dylib 0x0000000103091bb0 UT_Signal::processSignal(int, __siginfo*, void*) + 176
5 libsystem_platform.dylib 0x00007fff93dc252a _sigtramp + 26
6 ??? 0x00007f9d6e96d4e0 0x0 + 140314141971680
7 ??? 0x00007fff64dfef87 0x0 + 140734885785479
8 ??? 0x00007fff64dff094 0x0 + 140734885785748
9 libdyld.dylib 0x00007fff911d5262 dyld_stub_binder + 282
10 libcurl.dylib 0x0000000122f790d8 TXT_DB_version + 10360
11 libcurl.dylib 0x0000000122e3800b Curl_expire + 57
12 libcurl.dylib 0x0000000122e37f94 curl_multi_add_handle + 276
13 libcurl.dylib 0x0000000122e33509 curl_easy_perform + 142
14 libHoudiniUT.dylib 0x0000000103205954 FS_WebAPI::callFunctionWithJSONArgs(UT_WorkBuffer const&) const + 1220
15 libHoudiniUT.dylib 0x00000001031c70de FS_WebAPIResponse FS_WebAPI::call2<UT_JSONValue, UT_JSONValue>(char const*, UT_JSONValue const&, UT_JSONValue const&) const + 254
16 libHoudiniUT.dylib 0x00000001031c7c36 FS_DataLogger::sendCrashLogFile(char const*, bool) + 454
17 libHoudiniUT.dylib 0x00000001031c7836 FS_DataLogger::sendValidCrashLogs() + 806
18 libHoudiniUT.dylib 0x00000001031c32a7 FS_DataLogger::runLogWriter(void*) + 55
19 libHoudiniUT.dylib 0x000000010312b468 UT_Thread::threadWrapper(void*) + 216
20 libsystem_pthread.dylib 0x00007fff8fbfd99d _pthread_body + 131
21 libsystem_pthread.dylib 0x00007fff8fbfd91a _pthread_body + 0
22 libsystem_pthread.dylib 0x00007fff8fbfb351 thread_start + 13

2 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x00000001029304cf AP_Interface::coreDumpChaser(UTsignalHandlerArg) + 623
3 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x0000000102931e9e AP_Interface::si_CrashHandler::chaser(UTsignalHandlerArg) + 46
4 libHoudiniUT.dylib 0x0000000102d9ba33 signalCallback(UTsignalHandlerArg) + 547
5 libHoudiniUT.dylib 0x0000000103091bb0 UT_Signal::processSignal(int, __siginfo*, void*) + 176
6 libsystem_platform.dylib 0x00007fff93dc252a _sigtramp + 26
7 ??? 0x0000000000000000 0x0 + 0
8 libGPUSupportMercury.dylib 0x00007fff8d276dd3 gpuiTestFence + 101
9 GLEngine 0x0000000120365510 gleTestSync + 144
10 GLEngine 0x00000001202a0965 glClientWaitSync_Exec + 385
11 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x0000000102652942 RE_RenderWait::wait(RE_Render*) + 114
12 libHoudiniAPPS3.dylib 0x00000001010933d8 DM_VPortAgent::compositePasses(RE_Render*, GUI_DisplayOption const*, bool, bool) + 152
13 libHoudiniAPPS3.dylib 0x0000000101091411 DM_VPortAgent::renderSceneView(RE_Render*, int, int) + 1169
14 libHoudiniAPPS3.dylib 0x000000010108b4dc DM_VPortAgent::renderViewport(RE_Render*, int, int) + 1756
15 libHoudiniAPPS3.dylib 0x000000010108ab42 DM_VPortAgent::doRender(RE_Render*, int, int) + 466
16 libHoudiniAPPS3.dylib 0x000000010105b8a8 DM_Viewport::doRender(RE_Render*, int, int) + 392
17 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x00000001026b4c8c UI_Feel::renderMe(RE_Render*, int, int) + 668
18 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x00000001026b8aeb UI_Feel::doRenderKids(RE_Render*, int, int) + 331
19 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x00000001026b888d UI_Feel::doRender(RE_Render*, int, int) + 173
20 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x00000001026b4c8c UI_Feel::renderMe(RE_Render*, int, int) + 668
21 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x00000001026b8aeb UI_Feel::doRenderKids(RE_Render*, int, int) + 331
22 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x00000001026b888d UI_Feel::doRender(RE_Render*, int, int) + 173
23 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x00000001027f6f7a UI_Viewport::reRender(RE_Render*, bool) + 282
24 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x00000001027fa958 UI_Window::renderChildViews(RE_Render*) + 1032
25 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x00000001027fb037 UI_Window::doRedrawSubclass() + 567
26 libHoudiniAPPS3.dylib 0x000000010105464b dm_ViewLayoutWindow::doRedrawSubclass() + 667
27 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x00000001027feae7 UI_Window::redrawRequest() + 135
28 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x0000000102783a3d UI_Queue::doWindowRedraws() + 637
29 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x0000000102783605 UI_Queue::processNextEvent() + 645
30 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x00000001027832e1 UI_Queue::drain() + 113
31 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x0000000102783d0a UI_Queue::eventLoop() + 378
32 libHoudiniUI.dylib 0x00000001029339e1 main + 3681
33 libdyld.dylib 0x00007fff911d75ad start + 1
34 ??? 0x0000000000000001 0x0 + 1
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Hi - I ran into this today, have found a solution that works for me.

First, open the file in text edit: ~/Library/Preferences/houdini/16.5/houdini.env

Add the line: HOUDINI_ENABLE_RETINA=0 to the end, save and close. That solves the tiny font in the UI problem.

However, for me Houdini still crashes on subsequent launches if there's a ‘stats’ folder in the preferences folder. To solve this, delete everything else in the Preferences/houdini folder, so only the houdini.env remains. Relaunch Houdini and make sure to select “No, thanks” to the usage stats question.

After that you should be good to go. Hope that helps - C
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