>From: Steve Dixon <address@hidden> >Organization: ABoM >Keywords: 199903242326.QAA05043 McIDAS FreeBSD Steve, This isn't Don, it is Tom Yoksas. I do the McIDAS-X support here at Unidata. >I work for the Bureau of Meteorology in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Jeff >Wilson (from Melbourne) suggested that I email you with my problem. > >We have mcidas7.501 working well in AIX platforms but owuld like to install >it on one or more FreeBSD machines. The idea is to have the FreeBSD machine >routinely perform background data processing tasks and take some load off >the IBMs. Sounds like a good plan. We ported McIDAS-X to RedHat Linux and Solaris for Intel back in 1996 so that our sites can have a cheap platform alternative. >I have been working on mccomp.sh and mcar.sh versions that have been used >for linux and adaptiing them, but the are some problems with linking. What are you using as the "Fortran" routine. In our 7.4 and 7.1 releases I was using a Perl scritp called 'fort77'. With our 7.5 release (which we just announced this past Monday), I have switched to a Bourne shell script that I bundled with McIDAS. This script, mcfc.sh, gets made into 'mcfc' and installed in the ~mcidas/bin directory so that it can be used throughout the rest of the build. It is responsible for running gcc to compile C routines and f2c followed by gcc to compile Fortran routines. I also added interpretation of '-s' so that the output executables would be stripped (saves a considerable amount of space). >I have looked on the unidata web site amnd the email archive but although I >can see that mcidasX has been compiled on FreeBSD, I cannot find out how. One of our sites did the port to FreeBSD. He noted that the changes needed were minimal. I just tried to find his notes on what he did, but I was unsuccessful. >Any comments? If you can tell me the kinds of errors you are seeing, I could potentially help you iron them out. I have been meaning to try a build on our BSD/I system here at Unidata for some time, but I have never been able to get to it. If I can help you/you help me, I could fold in FreeBSD support into my distribution files (makefile, mccomp.sh, mcar.sh, etc.) so my site doesn't have to reinvent the wheel with each new release. >------------------------------------------------------------------ >Dr Steve Dixon, Regional Computing Manager, >Bureau of Meteorology (Tasmania/Antarctica), Hobart, Tas, Australia >Ph (03)62212101 Mobile 0418-563914 Fax (03)62212080 >EMAIL address@hidden Tom Yoksas
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