Miriad binary releases

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For a few popular architectures we make binary releases available. They sometimes don't quite work for you if your compiler is not exactly the same as the one Miriad was compiled with. If so, you probably need to look at an installation from source. Be sure to remind yourself of the Requirements before you use a binary release. For example, you may not need development packages, but you may still need the shared libraries (e.g. for the compiler).


Binary releases

See [1]. Local disk versions can also be found at OVRO ( /array/miriad/miriad_2013.7/) and UMD. Pick the correct one matching your OS and compiler. Although we only distribute gnu (gfortran) based releases, the intel compiler can easily give you a performance boost, especially over g77)

  • miriad_linux_*: Linux 32 bit versions for some linux distros (Fedora, Ubuntu, Centos) - now deprecated
  • miriad_linux64_*: linux 64 bit (use the command uname -p to see if you have a 32bit or 64bit processor)
  • miriad_max10.4_*: MacOSX/10.4 (tiger) - for g77 - now deprecated
  • miriad_mac10.5_*: MacOSX/10.5 (leopard) - for gfortran - now deprecated
  • miriad_mac10.6_*: MacOSX/10.6 (snow leopard) - for gfortran - now deprecated
  • miriad_mac10.7_*: MacOSX/10.7 (lion) - for gfortran - only 2013.7 is available
  • miriad_mac10.8_*: MacOSX/10.8 (mountain lion) - gfortran
  • miriad_max10.9_*: MacOSX/10.9 (mavericks) - gfortran

Then untar the file and patch the miriad_start scripts to reflect the location on your system, for example:

 % wget ftp://ftp.astro.umd.edu/progs/carma/miriad_2014.7/miriad_linux64_u14_gfortran.tar.gz
 % tar zxf miriad_linux64_u14_gfortran.tar.gz
 # or use the following one liner that does not require the tar file to be stored
 # wget -O - ftp://ftp.astro.umd.edu/progs/carma/miriad_2014.7/miriad_linux64_u14_gfortran.tar.gz | tar zxf -
 % cd miriad
 % install/make_miriad_starts                     <-- this patches the miriad_start scripts, you need csh

If you don't have wget (e.g. MacOSX), you should have curl, and the first two lines can also be combined as follows, for example:

 % curl ftp://ftp.astro.umd.edu/progs/carma/miriad_2014.7/miriad_mac10.9.tar.gz | tar zxf - 
 % cd miriad
 % install/make_miriad_starts                     <-- this patches the miriad_start scripts, you need csh

Now source the appropriate startup file, depending on your shell, and miriad should now be usable in your shell. You can also make this permanent by adding this to your ~/.cshrc or ~/.bashrc file, e.g. for csh

 % source miriad_start.csh

and for bash

 $ source miriad_start.sh

It is quite possible that shared libraries on your system are not compatible with the ones in our binary releases. If so, you should try an installation from source. Or be brave and re-install an existing Miriad version.

Activating the new Build System

If you see a directory build_new in the miriad root directory ($MIR), a new build system has probably been installed and if for some reason you would like to try and activate it, do the following:

 % cd $MIR
 % ln -s build_new build
 % source miriad_start.csh

the same miriad_start knows the difference between old and new script and will act accordingly.

Equally simple, just remove the symbolic link if you want to de-activate it:

 % rm build


The WIP package is normally distributed as part of Miriad. It is possible to install it seperately from MIRIAD, but the procedure is currently not well maintained outside of Miriad. With a few commands a binary version of WIP can be extracted from a binary version of Miriad. First follow the steps to install a binary version of Miriad (see above), then issue the command:

 % cd $MIR/install
 % wip.export

After which the wip directory can be copied anywhere. Make sure the wiprc is edited for the final location.


cvs is a unix command that helps you with source code management. It's considered old, but but still good.


In their quest for rushing into the future, apple Inc has decided to remove the cvs command from Xcode, starting with macosx 10.9. It has been replace with git. There is a git cvsimport command that allows you to emulate cvs, but I found it to be excruciatingly slow, and I cannot recommend it. You can either install cvs via macports with the sudo port install cvs, or use the following snippet of shell commands to install it:

 % curl http://ftp.gnu.org/non-gnu/cvs/source/feature/1.12.13/cvs-1.12.13.tar.gz | tar zxf -
 % cd cvs-1.12.13
 % ./configure --prefix=$HOME/opt
 % make
 % make install
 % set path = ($HOME/opt/bin $path) ; rehash

or for BASH users the last line would need to be changed. Perhaps miriad will switch to git at some point, some people are already maintaining a git clone on their system (including myself), but the official miriad is still maintained in CVS.


Each binary release is CVS enabled, albeit via the CVS anonymous account. This means you can cvs update your source tree and obtain new code, but not randomly edit and expect the merge to be successfull. If this all means nothing to you, we will cover this at the Party. However, here are some examples of fairly common modifications:

0) Update your miriad source, first checking what is new on the server

 % cd $MIR
 % cvs -nq update                <-- check that only two maxdim header files are tagged 'M' as locally modified
                                     anything like U is good, anything else M or C is bad.
 % cvs update -d                     Update the code
 % mir.install                           Build the new code

1) modifying a subroutine

 % mirboss
 % edit $MIRSUBS/fitsio.for
 % mir.subs fitsio

Caveat: on linux shared libraries are used, on Mac not yet, so all binaries would need to be rebuilt on Mac:

 % mir.install prog

2) modify a program

 % mirboss
 % edit $MIRPROG/convert/fits.for
 % mir.prog fits
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