>From: "Patrick O'Reilly" <address@hidden> >Organization: UNI >Keywords: 200108271516.f7RFGA116922 McIDAS-X 7.8 upgrade Patrick, >I am gearing up for an upgrade to version 7.8 and was looking for >specific instructions for a simple upgrade. It isn't necessary to go >through the whole install process if version 7.7 is running on the >machine, is it? It depends on if you are running McIDAS-X alone or if you are running both McIDAS-X and McIDAS-XCD (the decoder component of the distribution). >Doesn't seem likely. Does version 7.7 need to be >uninstalled or will the new version overwrite? The new executables will overwrite the old during the install phase. >If you could point me to >specific upgrade installation instructions, that would be quite helpful! I'll give you the 10 step instructions right here. I have been meaning to create simplified install and update instructions for the McIDAS web pages, but I havn't quite gotten there yet. >If I simply follow the online build and install instructions again, >please let me know that as well. That would work as well. Here are the simple upgrade instructions: 1) login as 'mcidas' 2) verify that you have the McINST_ROOT environment variable set to the top level directory under which you want to install McIDAS 3) FTP the essential distribution files IN BINARY MODE: machine: ftp.unidata.ucar.edu user: umcidas pass: XXXXXX directory: unix/780 files: mcinstall, mcinet7.8.sh mcidasx780.tar.Z 4) make mcinstall executable: chmod +x mcinstall 5) unpack the distribution: ./mcinstall NOTE that this will fail if McINST_ROOT is not defined 6) build the 7.8 executables: cd mcidas7.8/src make mcx <- if you are building McIDAS-X only - or - make all <- if you are building McIDAS-X and McIDAS-XCD 7) assuming there are not errors, uninstall the previous version of McIDAS: cd ~mcidas/mcidas7.7/src make uninstall.all 8) install the 7.8 distribution: cd ~mcidas/mcidas7.8/src make install.mcx <- if you built McIDAS-X only - or - make install.all <- if you built McIDAS-X and McIDAS-XCD 9) verify that each user's account has the appropriate McIDAS environment variables defined for it. This should be done if you are upgrading, but it never hurts to check 10) learn how to start McIDAS-X 7.8 with the GUI startup: mcidas config Select that you want MCGUI to start automatically (radiobutton near the bottom of the GUI startup window). Select that you want to save changes (radiobutton near the bottom of the GUI startup window). Now, if you are also running McIDAS-XCD, you should do the following: 1) stop the LDM <- done as the user 'ldm' with 'ldmadmin stop' 2) copy the 7.8 SCHEMA file to the directory being used for ldm-mcidas and XCD decoder output (this is done as the user 'mcidas'): cd ~mcidas/data cp SCHEMA directory_where_decoders_create_output make sure that the copy of SCHEMA is readable and writable by both 'mcidas' and 'ldm' (they should be in the same group): chmod 664 directory_where_decoders_create_output/SCHEMA 3) since the rapid access system has been changed to allow for more METAR and synoptic stations, rebuild the rapid access databases. First, make sure that the McIDAS string XCDDATA is defined to point to the directory containing the XCD decoded stuff: cd ~mcidas/workdata te.k XCDDATA \"directory_where_decoders_create_output Now rebuild the rapid access files: batch.k XCDDEC.BAT 4) restart the LDM <- done as the user 'ldm' with 'ldmadmin start' Next, each McIDAS user will need to run the ADDE server GUI selector widget from MCGUI before s/he can start looking at data. If 'mcidas' does this first, then all other users should be able to use its settings to get going ('mcidas' can set systemwide settings that can make all other users' lives easier). If your 7.7 installation has already selected servers for the primary ADDE datasets supported by the MCGUI, you should come up running. If you try to load some images or plot data, etc., and it doesn't work, you should open up the ADDE server selection widget. This is done by clicking the left mouse button over the icon just to the right of the big red Z. Work your way through the four dataset types GRID, IMAGE, POINT, TEXT setting server sites by either typing in the name of an ADDE server that you know will give you access to the dataset in question, or select one of the cooperating servers from the dropdown list that will appear when you click the left mouse button over the down arrow located to the right of the ADDE server name entry. Next, give me any feedback you can on the new MCGUI and the streamlined upgrade instructions above. >Thanks for the help! You're welcome. Tom Yoksas
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