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Python 3 New Python 3 compatibility guide for scripts and plugins
Official Release PyMOL v2.3 has been released on February 11, 2019.
POSF New PyMOL fellows announced for 2018-2019
Tutorial Plugins Tutorial updated for PyQt5
New Plugin ProBiS H2O is a new plugin for identification of conserved waters in protein structures.
Selection keywords New polymer.protein and polymer.nucleic selection keywords. Thanks everyone who participated in the poll!
Plugin Update MOLE 2.5 is an updated version of channel analysis software in PyMOL
New Script dssr_block is a wrapper for DSSR (3dna) and creates block-shaped nucleic acid cartoons
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spawn launches a Python script in a new thread which will run concurrently with the PyMOL interpreter. It can be run in its own namespace (like a Python module, default), a local name space, or in the global namespace.

fork is an alias for spawn.


spawn python-script [, ( local | global | module | main | private )]


Not directly available. Instead, use"spawn ...").


The default mode for spawn is "module".

Due to an idiosyncracy in Pickle, you can not pickle objects directly created at the main level in a script run as "module", (because the pickled object becomes dependent on that module). Workaround: delegate construction to an imported module.

The best way to spawn processes at startup is to use the -l option (see "help launching").


A Random PyMOL-generated Cover. See Covers.