AIPS Linux Install Notes
The install testing for 15OCT96 was carried out on a Linux 2.x (ELF)
system that had a very generic Red Hat (version 3) Linux installation
thereon. No install test was performed on an a.out system this time
- You may want to add -O2 -m486 to the relevant options line in the
XAS Makefile prior to building it (or having INSETP1 build it for
you). Apparently this improves its performance somewhat. However,
it will not work on Intel 80386 based systems.
- If you are running a version of Linux prior to 1.3 (i.e., using
a.out object file format and not ELF format), and have a version of
gcc or ld of 2.6.3 and 188.8.131.52 (with BFD 2.5) respectively or later,
then several tasks will not build correctly. These include
$APLPGM/OTFUV, $APLPGM/UVMTH, $APGNOT/HOLGR, and $APGNOT/XTRAN. The
problem can be traced to a failure to accept static global
structures with single arrays larger than 16 Megabytes. All these
programs have common blocks larger than this, and the f2c
Fortran-to-C translator converts such common blocks to static
globals. This problem was not apparent in older versions. A
patched version of ld (from Linux 1.2.8, patched by hand, not
available in the normal distribution areas!) is included in the
$SYSLINUX area for this version. INSTEP1 will automatically
uudecode this binary if you indicate you do not support ELF format
object files, and you should either move it to /usr/bin yourself or
have your sysadmin do so.
- If you have a standalone PC that is not connected to any network,
either via ethernet or phone (or you want to run without tieing up a
phone link), you will probably have to set up a dummy network
interface so that the internet services SSSIN and others will work.
- Ignore the warnings that may be issued during the Make of XAS
about LITTLE_ENDIAN being redefined, if any.