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Local servers can't write to userpath: /home/j9w/McIDAS-V
Q. Why do I see 'Local servers cannot write to userpath:' errors when starting McIDAS-V?
A. To use local servers in McIDAS-V, there is a background server listening process called mcservl. This process run for the duration of the session, and after McIDAS-V is exited, the process take extra time to terminate. If McIDAS-V is closed and started again before the mcservl process terminates, local servers will not be able to start and the 'Local servers cannot write to userpath:' error occurs. Once this error comes up, click OK. If you attempt connecting to a local dataset, a message will pop up directing you to the ADDE Data Manager, where navigating to the Local Servers -> Start Local Servers menu item will start up the local servers correctly so that local servers can be used in the session.
To avoid this error, it is recommended that a user waits about 10 seconds after exiting McIDAS-V before starting again.
Additionally, if running 64bit Debian or Ubuntu operating systems, this message can appear at startup if the ia32-libs package is not installed on the workstation. The ia32-libs are the 32bit libraries that 32bit applications need to execute on a 64bit system.