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Re: LinkConnect::"linkc":...Linux-dyn/XML.exe

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  • Subject: [mg44016] Re: [mg43993] LinkConnect::"linkc":...Linux-dyn/XML.exe
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2003 05:14:49 -0400 (EDT)
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On Thu, 16 Oct 2003 04:17:15 -0400 (EDT), Steven T. Hatton wrote:
> Is this what I think it is?
> LinkConnect::"linkc": \
> "\!\(LinkObject[\(\(\"/usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/4.2/SystemFiles/\
> Converters/Binaries/Linux-dyn/XML.exe\", 2, 2\)\)]\) is dead; attempt to
> \
> connect failed."
> A Windows executable shipped with a Linux version of Mathematica?
> Does this work in 5.0 for Linux?
> Can I trick it with something like dosemu?

No, this is not a Windows executable.  The .exe naming convention is used 
for installable MathLink programs (which is exactly what XML.exe is).  See 
the last paragraph of section 2.12.2 in the 4.2 book, 2.13.2 in the 5.0 
book for information about this naming convention.

This would be happening as a side effect of your attempt to import some 
kind of XML file or expression.  The first step is to determine whether 
this happens for every XML expression, or just some particular one (e.g. 
does something like ImportString["<mytag/>", "XML"] cause the error).  With 
that information, Wolfram Research Technical Support will probably be able 
to help you out.

Just a thought...if the error happens with even the simplest of inputs, you 
might try replacing the XML.exe file in the above-named path with the one 
found on the CD in SystemFiles/Converters/Binaries/Linux.  I really don't 
know whether this would work or not, but it might, and it's easy enough to 


John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

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