|POV-Ray for Unix version 3.7|
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This section covers version 3.7 changes and new features that apply to POV-Ray for Unix. See the section Changes and New Features Summary for information about non-platform specific changes.
+wtto set the number of work threads
+Poption to allow pause when done.
The Unix version now has a single binary which supports display using the X Window System, or using the SVGA library with the console on GNU/Linux systems only, or via text graphics otherwise. If the command-line options or INI files turn on display, the following heuristic is used to determine what kind of display should be used. If the DISPLAY environment variable is set, the X Window display is used. Otherwise, if the user is on the console, and has permission to do so, SVGAlib is used. Otherwise, text graphics are used.
Text graphics display a crude 75x24 ASCII version of the image which can be useful none the less to monitor the render progress on a text terminal. Using text graphics and the Verbose
+v option simultaneously will not work very well.
Note: See the section Known Bugs for more information about a problem with the X11 windows system.
POV-Ray 3.7 for Unix provides a new mode to render a built-in version of the standard POV-Ray benchmark scene. See the Benchmark Rendering Mode documentation for details.
POV-Ray 3.7 includes a set of shell scripts to automatically render all the samples coming with POV-Ray and that generate HTML files to easily browse the sample scenes. See Rendering the Sample Scenes for more information.
The binary package for x86-Linux (
povlinux.tgz) comes with an install script that generates some useful entries in the KDE panel for convenient access to the POV-Ray documentation and configuration files.
The generic Unix source distribution also comes with the
kde_install.sh script to perform the same task.