[ncl-install] unlimited stacksize on osx

Mary Haley haley at ucar.edu
Mon Aug 17 12:57:22 MDT 2009

Hi Jared,

You are running a 5-year old version of NCL.  I highly recommend
upgrading, as we've fixed several memory issues since then.

We have binaries available for Mac OS 10.5, intel.

For instructions, see:


I recommend downloading the *non OPeNDAP-enabled" version, and
then getting this binary:

    11. NCL 5.1.1 binary for Intel Mac (MacOS 10.5)


On Mon, 17 Aug 2009, Jared Pierce Whitehead wrote:

> I am trying to install ncl on my macbook pro (with osx 10.5, intel dual
> processors).  When I do, everything runs fine and I am able to run ncl, but
> get a segmentation fault when I try to do anything.
> Following the instructions on the website I have tried to set the stacksize
> to unlimited, but I have recently found that mac osx restricts the hard
> limit for the stacksize to 64Mb (which I thought would have been plenty).
> Evidently setting the soft limit to unlimited isn't good enough either.
> Following is what I get when I try to run the test suggested on the install
> website...
> Running NCL...
> Copyright (C) 1995-2004 - All Rights Reserved
> University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
> NCAR Command Language Version 4.2.0.a032
> The use of this software is governed by a License Agreement.
> See http://ngwww.ucar.edu/ncl/ for more details.
> warning:New: Could not coerce missing value parameter into appropriate
> type, using default
> Segmentation fault
> ncl failed.
> Just to make sure I set the stacksize to its maximum...
> bash-3.2$ ulimit -s
> 65532
> bash-3.2$ ulimit -S
> unlimited
> Any suggestions would be appreciated...is this really a stacksize problem,
> or am I missing something else entirely?
>                           -Jared
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