Installation problems

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Installation Problems

If you have installed from source and have seen a sentence such as

  installed 13/344 programs

something bad has happened. Most likely during building or linking a common error occured for each problem. You can look in the logfiles in $MIR/tmp or try and compile a program to see it directly on the screen:

  mirboss
  mir.subs fitsio
  mir.prog itemize

and see if any of the common problems below fit the description:

Common Problems

If you install from source, two of the most common problems for failure are:

  • a missing or wrong fortran compiler. As of this writing g77 is still the default, but newer versions of gfortran now know how to build pgplot and no patching is needed anymore (except the keyword gfortran=1 to the install.miriad script).
  • missing development packages. On linux your package manager should be queried for these. Unfortunately not each linux distribution (or version) will use the exact same name for this. A common example is the X11 development package. For example pgplot will need a file /usr/include/X11/Xos.h (it could also live somewhere else).
    • fedora core 7: xorg-x11-proto-devel-7.2-9.fc7
    • ubuntu 8.04:
    • mandrive 2008: libxorg-x11-devel
    • mandrake 10.1: libxorg-x11-devel-6.8.2-0.5mdk
  • on 64bit ubuntu8.04 here's a report on how to fix the system, where the libXaw library was 'missing':
  cd /usr/lib  ;  ln -s libXaw7.so.7 libXaw.so
  apt-get install gfortran
  apt-get install g++
  cd /usr/local/miriad_cvs
  ./autogen.sh
  ./configure --prefix=`pwd`/build F77=gfortran
  make
  make install
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