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Astronomical Image Processing System
31DEC13 Version

[AIPS]

The 31DEC13 version of AIPS is now available as our "frozen" version. It is likely to change throughout 2014, but any really new things will appear only in 31DEC14. In 2014, it will change, but only for fixes of egregious errors ("patches"). To install it, follow the advice below especially A Guide to the Install Wizard See the special Mac installation instructions for information on the steps which need to be taken to allow AIPS to be installed on MaxIntosh OS/X systems. Note that 31DEC13 is available both as a text installation (compilations done on your computer) or as a binary installation (compilations done by us). The former should work on all computers and requires much smaller downloads. But the latter can offer superior performance especially for Macs, Intel Linux and Solaris. Given recent problems with compilers, the binary installation is likely to be the best choice unless you plan local development of AIPS code.

Table of Contents


Binary installation

  1. Requirements:
    • Unix Workstation: MacIntosh OS X (Darwin) either PPC or Intel cpu, Linux/Intel, or Solaris/Sparc Ultra; 1 Gigabyte memory, 1 Gigabyte disk space (not counting your data). Binary installations which are now offered for MACPPX OS/X systems using NRAO's IBM xlf compilers for PPC-based systems or Intel's ifort for Intel-based systems, for SUL systems using SUN's SUNWspro compilers, and for LINUX systems using Intel's ifort compiler under RedHat.
    • Internet (ftp) access;
    • Perl version 5 (comes with most Linux systems);
    • The rsync, and cvs utilities are now used and the Secure Shell client is not required.
    • READING THE DOCUMENTATION!

  2. Preliminaries for your installation:
    • For binary installations, get the Install Wizard file, but do not fetch the 31DEC13.tar.gz file. Remember the date/time (Greenwich) on which you started install.pl.
    • Read the On-Line Wizard Guide BEFORE PROCEEDING FURTHER! Also, use it as you proceed through the various screens presented by the wizard.
    • Place install.pl in the area that will be your $AIPS_ROOT (top-level AIPS directory).
    • If you have a previous installed version of AIPS:
      • Edit your $HOME/.AIPSRC file: change the CCOMOPT option to point at 31DEC13 and delete the DOWNLOADED and UNPACKED lines.
      • Use the same $AIPS_ROOT area for the new version
      • Just give a carriage-return (Enter) to the screens asking for information about hosts, disk areas, printers, tapes, tape hosts and TV services.
    • Make sure that the install.pl file is executable. Then, for binary installations,
      perl install.pl -n

  3. Post-Install Steps:
    • Edit $AIPS_ROOT files AIPSPATH.SH and AIPSPATH.CSH to select which version of AIPS, if you have more than one, corresponds to NEW and OLD.
    • Upgrade the $SYSLOCAL/UPDCONFIG file to match any improvements you made in any previous version of that file. Make sure that the e-mail addresses in the file are correct.
    • Make sure you Read the Midnight Job instructions before enabling the midnight job on your system. You may run the MNJ via a cron, but most users elect to run the do_daily.hostname file by hand at times of their choosing.

Text installation

This form of AIPS installation is recommended only for sites that plan to develop their own software to run within the AIPS system or for sites with architectures other than those for which binary installations are available.

  1. Requirements:
    • Unix Workstation: MacIntosh OS X (Darwin) PPC or Intel cpu, Linux/Intel, Linux/Alpha, Solaris/Sparc, Solaris/Intel, OSF1/Alpha, HP9000/HP-UX, SGI/Irix; 1 Gigabytes memory, 1 Gigabytes disk space (not counting your data), Intel 486/33 or better.
    • The text installation requires full developer-level support for X Windows, C, and Fortran. Systems using the GNU compilers may also need a separate installation of a non-default version of the Fortan and C compilers. Note that "full developer support" includes RPMs for X11 (e.g. XFree86-devel), ncurses (ncurses-devel), and cvs (cvs).
    • Perl version 5 (comes with most Linux systems);
    • Internet (ftp) access;
    • The cvs utility will now be used and the Secure Shell (ssh v1 or Openssh) client is not required.
    • READING THE DOCUMENTATION!

  2. Preliminaries for your installation:
    • For a text installation, make sure that your computer has a C and a Fortran compiler plus a full set of XWindows include files and libraries. MacIntosh users may consult the special Mac installation instructions for information about these issues. Be sure to check which GNU compilers are known not to work with AIPS, including GNU versions 2.96, 3.0.3, 3.0.4, 3.3.x, 4.1.x, and 4.1.x. Compiler versions 2.95.3, 3.2.2, 3.4.3+, and 4.2.1 are thought to work adequately.
    • For text installations, get the Install Wizard file.
    • For a text installation, get the 31DEC13.tar.gz file (over 91 Megabytes); this is re-generated on a nightly basis from our master code repository. Remember the date/time (US/Eastern) on which you started getting the file. Remember to use "binary" mode to copy the file.
    • For a text installation, get the Message Digest Checksum file (md5sum); compare this to the output of running "md5sum" on your copy of 31DEC13.tar.gz. Note that md5sum comes with Linux and is a standard GNU utility. If the output of "md5sum 31DEC13.tar.gz" does not match the file 31DEC13.tar.gz.md5sum or if there is no md5sum file, STOP! There's a problem; try a second copy (with binary this time) and if there is still a problem Contact us at our daip@nrao.edu address.
    • Read the On-Line Wizard Guide BEFORE PROCEEDING FURTHER! Also, use it as you proceed through the various screens presented by the wizard.
    • Place both the 31DEC13.tar.gz file and install.pl in the area that will be your $AIPS_ROOT (top-level AIPS directory).
    • If you have a previous installed version of AIPS:
      • Edit your $HOME/.AIPSRC file: change the CCOMOPT option to point at 31DEC13 and delete the DOWNLOADED and UNPACKED lines.
      • Use the same $AIPS_ROOT area for the new version
      • Just give a carriage-return (Enter) to the screens asking for information about hosts, disk areas, printers, tapes, tape hosts and TV services.
    • Make sure that the install.pl file is executable. Then, for text installations, run the script with the command
      perl install.pl

  3. Post-Install Steps:
    • Edit $AIPS_ROOT files AIPSPATH.SH and AIPSPATH.CSH to select which version of AIPS, if you have more than one, corresponds to NEW and OLD.
    • Upgrade the $SYSLOCAL/UPDCONFIG file to match any improvements you made in any previous version of that file.
    • Make sure you Read the Midnight Job instructions before enabling the midnight job on your system. You may run the MNJ via a cron, but most users elect to run the do_daily.hostname file by hand at times of their choosing.

We do NOT plan to have a CDROM (actually DVD) with 31DEC13 on it after it is frozen. The DVD can be made but only if that is the only possible way for you to get AIPS.

If you have problems with our ftp server, please contact us.

You WILL want a Midnight Job!

If your site has a need for the current version of AIPS with updates via the Internet and the so-called midnight job, Read this information. It has additional information and instructions. Or Eric Greisen for further information.

Since releases of AIPS are planned to be only on an annual basis, the midnight job (now with easier setup and NO ssh) will be the only way for AIPS users outside of NRAO to avail themselves in a timely fashion of whatever enhancements, changes, or new functionality we add to Classic AIPS.

The MNJ is the only way in which you can fetch changes to your version of AIPS, other than a full re-installation. It works for both binary and text installations and is sometimes useful even for the "frozen" version of AIPS, since the most recent frozen version will be patched to correct egregious errors.


WHATSNEW in 31DEC13 AIPS

The final report on 31DEC13 is available as 31DEC13 AIPSLetter dated 31 December 2013 (PS, 913097 bytes). It is also available gzipped, (396159 bytes) and PDF, (196866 bytes). The 6-month progress report on 31DEC13 is available as 31DEC13 AIPSLetter dated 30 June 2013 (PS, 3301312 bytes). It is also available gzipped (453027 bytes) and PDF, (255543 bytes).

The final report on 31DEC12 is available as 31DEC12 AIPSLetter dated 30 December 2012 (PS, 919456 bytes). It is also available gzipped, (399961 bytes) and PDF, (210575 bytes). The 6-month progress report on 31DEC12 is available as 31DEC12 AIPSLetter dated 30 June 2012 (PS, 892100 bytes). It is also available gzipped, (389974 bytes) and PDF, (200356 bytes).

The final progress report on 31DEC11 AIPSLetter dated 30 December 2011 (PS, 904942 bytes) has information on changes before about that date. It is also available gzipped, (390623 bytes) and pdf format, (203303 bytes). The 6-month progress report on 31DEC11 is available as 31DEC11 AIPSLetter dated 30 June 2011 (PS, 828686 bytes). It is also available gzipped, (372127 bytes) and PDF, (170344 bytes).

The final progress report on 31DEC10 AIPSLetter dated 30 December 2010 (PS, 906864 bytes) has information on changes before about that date. It is also available gzipped, (395209 bytes) and pdf format, (203555 bytes). The 6-month progress report on 31DEC10 AIPSLetter dated 30 June 2010 (PS, 1455110 bytes) has information on changes before about that date. It is also available gzipped, (462988 bytes) and pdf format, (342865 bytes).


Distribution Statistics

Tools to monitor shipments of the tar balls and the binary releases as well as accesses of the cvs code maintenance system have been created and run since Spring 2003. We estimate "sites" by counting unique IP addresses. In each of the totals, an individual IP address is counted only once. In general, an IP address is used by only one user, but more than one IP address will be used by those users that use dial-up connections. Thus, these totals are a modest over-estimate. However, they are an underestimate of the number of computers used for AIPS since at many institutions a single IP address is used to provide AIPS to a number of computers. The table below shows the totals in various categories and has links to the plots of the cumulative totals. Note that the TST and NEW numbers for 2003 are for only part of the year as, of course, are all the 2010 and 2011 numbers. These are indicated by the asterisk. The totals for TST and NEW include both binary and tar-ball downloads. The binary totals include binary downloads and binary MNJ accesses.

SHIPPING SUMMARY
item 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
TST name 31DEC03 31DEC04 31DEC05 31DEC06 31DEC07 31DEC08 31DEC09 31DEC10 31DEC11 31DEC12 31DEC13
NEW name 31DEC02 31DEC03 31DEC04 31DEC05 31DEC06 31DEC07 31DEC08 31DEC09 31DEC10 31DEC11 31DEC12
plot link 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
TST 416 * 808 832 806 965 1058 1228 1228 1105 940 1014
NEW 88 * 196 246 191 277 246 307 307 270 284 307
TST binary --- --- 299 402 669 986 1082 1203 1064 1028 990
NEW binary --- --- 48 94 161 303 478 477 424 396 443
CVS 551 797 982 1050 1385 1667 1855 1914 1747 1309 1264
Unique 781 * 1276 1460 1398 1811 2107 2399 2416 2228 1698 1937

The plot for 2013 will change every Wednesday but the numbers in the table above depend on us remembering to change them and so will change less often. The numbers were updated December 17, 2013



Modified on $Date: 2014/01/01 18:30:12 $
[Eric W. Greisen]