[osg-users] Cannot get apps to find plugins

Robert Osfield robert.osfield at gmail.com
Fri Sep 5 08:28:48 PDT 2008

Hi Filip,

If you have installed the OSG then there should be no need to set the
path to the plugins, as the OSG should search the standard lib paths
for the presence of the osgPlugins-2.x.x directory.

A good way to check where the the OSG is searching for files and
plugins is to enable verbose debug messages, on the command line do:

  osgviewer cow.osg

Then look back up through the output till you can see it search for
the osgdb_osg plugin.

If your system doesn't have the /usr/local/lib on its library path
then you could add this, for instance via DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH. I'm no
OSX expert though so just recalling stuff from when I've tinkered with


On Fri, Sep 5, 2008 at 4:11 PM, Filip Wänström <filip.wanstrom at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi again,
> I have problems to get my apps to find the plugins. Or rather, there seems
> to be some issue with the executable. I'm loosing my mind over this today so
> if someone have some insights I would be more than happy!
> So I'm on a Mac  with Leopard(10.5.4)
> I tested to build using CMake to generate a Xcode project. I built for 10.5
> deployment from Xcode and ran the install scripts using sudo in the
> terminal. Then I set my OSG_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib/osgPlugins-2.6.0 so
> those would be found. I also set the OSG_FILE_PATH to where I put those
> files.
> The examples that installed in /usr/local/share/OpenSceneGraph/bin worked
> fine from the command line.
> So far, so fine.
> Then I proceeded to create a xcode project for a simple OSG app that reads a
> png file from the resource bundle. But it can't seem to find the plugins...
> I can't find the source to this issue so I would be glad if someone could
> tell me in the right direction.
> - Is it really so that the plugin can't be found? How is that possible? The
> examples had no problems?
> - Can there be some binary incompability? Should I turn on some switch in
> xcode?
> /Filip
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