[Linux] Missing .sog files?

Sometimes on Linux you may get “unable to load dynamic library” errors for .sog files. Like this:

00:00:00     0MB WARNING |  unable to load dynamic library: /home/stephen/solidangle/mtoa/2014/xgen_procedural.sog: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory 

or this:

00:00:00     0MB WARNING |  unable to load dynamic library: /usr/apps/houdini/houdini-13.0.343/htoa/arnold_plugins/driver_houdini.sog: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory 

Don’t worry about the “.sog” part. In most cases, Arnold isn’t actually looking for a .sog file. Arnold is trying to load a .so file, and either the .so itself or a dependency is missing. The “.sog” is printed by mistake in the log message (and this is fixed in the next Arnold version).

So (heh) focus your investigation on why Arnold couldn’t load the .so file (try running ldd on it).

In the two examples above:

  • xgen_procedural.so couldn’t be loaded because LD_LIBRARY_PATH didn’t include the Maya lib folder, so all the tbb-related libraries were missing.
  • driver_houdini.so was missing some Houdini dependencies, but in this case it was being loaded into MtoA, so driver_houdini wasn’t needed and the warning could be safely ignored.

What’s a .sog?
If a plugin has a .sog extension, AiLoadPlugins() will load the plugin with RTLD_GLOBAL, which means the symbols from the plugin will be globally exposed and available to other plugins.

.sog is a Maya naming convention for an .so to be dlopen’ed with RLD_GLOBAL

[SItoA] Uninstalling SItoA

When you install an addon like SItoA, you may see an error like this the next time you start Softimage:

// ERROR : 2356 - This plug-in is not installed: ArnoldRenderPreferences

That’s because addons like SItoA install custom preferences, which are left behind when you uninstall the addon. At startup, Softimage finds the custom preference but can’t find the plugin that owns the preference (because it’s been uninstalled).

To get rid of this error, go to your Softimage user folder, and delete the Data\Preferences\Arnold Render.preset file.


[MtoA] The case of the renderer that failed to register

In this case, a customer running Maya 2013 on Ubuntu reported this error when he tried to load the mtoa plugin:

API error detected in plugins/mtoa/Main.cpp at line 710: (kFailure): Unexpected Internal Failure 
ERROR | Failed to register renderer 'arnold' 

That specific line in plugins/mtoa/Main.cpp runs these two lines of Python:

import mtoa.cmds.registerArnoldRenderer

So I asked the customer to run that Python in the Maya script editor, and that gave us this error:

# Error: ImportError: file 
/usr/autodesk/maya2013-x64/lib/python26.zip/hashlib.py line 63: No module 
named _md5 # 

Now we’re cooking with EVIL gas! I’ve seen these kinds of errors before…

This appears to be general problem with Maya 2013 and pymel (I found a few different posts about this via Google search). For example, this thread from the pymel project, or the Troubleshooting section on this page.

In brief: you need to create some symlinks to the right versions of the libssl.