Invoking Grace on KillDevil via Windows Desktop with X-Win32

Setting up Environment and Invoking – Invoking Grace on KillDevil via Windows Desktop with X-Win32

Before accessing Grace from Windows machines, the following steps should be done. If you have already setup for Grace using the “module” command, skip step 3. If you are not sure, use step 4 to confirm after login. If X-Win32 has previously been setup for use with KillDevil, skip step 1.

1. Download and install X-Win32 from UNC Software Acquisitions. Setup X-Win32 for use with the Research Computing server KillDevil. Details for the installation and setup of X-Win32 can be found here.

2. Invoke X-Win32 from Start menu by going to


and clicking on the X-Win32 application. The program will start and will place an “X” on the taskbar. Click on the “X” symbol and choose KillDevil and an xterm screen will appear.

3. At the xterm prompt, type the following command. Skip this step if you have done it before.

module add grace
module initadd grace

module modifies the shell scripts in the home directory. The PATH to access Grace and all necessary environment variables are also set up properly.

4. To check if your startup scripts have been setup for Grace, type the following command at the prompt.

module list

A line “grace” is shown which indicates that the environment for Grace is already set.

5. After the PATH and environment variables for Grace are set up properly, Grace can then be accessed. At the Linux machine prompt, type the following LSF command to invoke the software. The “day” queue will allow the program to run in interactive mode for 24 hours.

bsub -q day -Ip grace

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