Xgrid Render Farm Help.

I’m currently trying to create a “Render Farm” for our students to use and was wondering if anyone can help.

Our setup is all Mac running OSX (10.4) and Sever OSX (10.4). I’ve managed to create the grid, which I’ve tested with a basic command.

My next step is to add Blender in to the mix. I’ve read this tutorial and another I found but I’m stuck.

I think I’ve setup everything correctly in “Xgrid feeder sample” and I can see the job being processed in “Xgrid Admin” but noting appears and it the “Job Results” is this output:-

Using Python version 2.3
$HOME is NOT set
$HOME is NOT set
dyld: image not found
dyld: image not found
dyld: image not found
dyld: image not found
dyld: image not found
dyld: image not found
Unable to load: libtiff.
Try setting the BF_TIFF_LIB environment variable if you want this support.
Example: setenv BF_TIFF_LIB /usr/lib/libtiff.so
Loading /Volumes/Blender/action_nla.blend failed: Unable to open

Blender quit

If anyone can help or point me in the direction another tutorial I’d really appreciate it.

The problem here isn’t with Xgrid, it’s with the TIFF library files and blender. Try having your students select TARGA as their output format and resubmit the jobs.