Are you using cyrillic characters for your file names?
If yes try changing that and see what happens.

On Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 4:35 PM, Павел Кудрявцев <> wrote:
I'm installed Pymol version 1.2 from repository on Mandriva Linux  and
I'm constantly getting following errors when trying to open/save files

Error: 1
<type 'exceptions.UnicodeEncodeError'> Exception in Tk callback
 Function: <bound method Normal.file_open of
<pmg_tk.skins.normal.Normal instance at 0x7f2c67cc55a8>> (type: <type
 Args: ()
Traceback (innermost last):
 File "/usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/Pmw/Pmw_1_3/lib/",
line 1747, in __call__
   return apply(self.func, args)
 File "/usr/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/pmg_tk/skins/normal/",
line 544, in file_open
 File "/usr/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/pymol/", line
869, in load
 File "/usr/lib64/python2.6/site-packages/pymol/", line 99, in unlock
 File "/usr/lib64/python2.6/", line 135, in release
   if self.__owner is not current_thread():
 File "/usr/lib64/python2.6/", line 803, in currentThread
   return _active[_get_ident()]
<type 'exceptions.UnicodeEncodeError'>: 'ascii' codec can't encode
characters in position 12-20: ordinal not in range(128)

after this error Pymol stop responding

I tried to reinstall Python, Tk and Pymol but it does not help.
Does somebody know how to fix it? I'd be very grateful for help.

thanks in advance

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