McIDAS-X for XP Fastrack Version 2011.1
Software and Instructions
This page contains the software and instructions for installing McIDAS-X version
2011.1 on a Windows XP workstation. If you are installing it on a Windows 7
workstation, go to the Windows
7 instructions. If you are installing it on an AIX, HP-UX,
Linux, Mac OS X or Solaris workstation, go to the Unix instructions.
McIDAS-X for XP version 2011.1 is a fully supported Fastrack release. Significant
modifications made since the previous release (version 2010.2) are listed in
the bullets below. The instructions for obtaining and installing McIDAS-X for
XP 2011.1 appear after the bullet list.
- Updated support of McIDAS-X on Microsoft, Apple and Red Hat systems as follows:
- Added support for Microsoft Windows
7 Enterprise with Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA). This is a brand
new McIDAS-X package with separate installation files and instructions.
See the McIDAS User's Guide's Chapter 1 section titled Installing
McIDAS-X on Windows 7 Workstations for details.
- On Mac OS X systems, changed support from 10.5.8 Intel to 10.6.8. With
this change in OS, gfortran was updated to 4.6.0, gcc was updated to 4.2.1,
and XQuartz was updated to 2.6.3. Please note that due to a Tcl/Tk incompatibility
with OS X 10.6, the McIDAS-X
GUI, Configuration GUI and ASK1 command are not available/supported on
OS X systems.
- On Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems, changed support from 4.0 Intel, 5.2
PPC and 5.5 Intel to 5.2 PPC, 5.7 Intel and 6.1 Intel.
- Added new keywords to the EU, IMGRGB and TXT2MD commands. In EU the new
keyword FORM=ALL formats the TABLE option output to list each brightness level and its
coresponding enhancement values on a separate line. This new option makes it easier
to import enhancement values into another environment. In IMGRGB the new keyword
BASETHRESHOLD= specifies a threshold for which the grayscale value is considered to
be part of the map outline. In TXT2MD the new keyword CONTINUE=YES continues writing
data to the MD file even if it encounters a line in the input text file that contains
an invalid time format.
- Updated the station database (file STNDB.CORE) to match
the current NWS version. The updates include the addition of 11 new
TAF stations (UACK, UHHH, UNOO, USCC, USCM, USSS, UWOR, UWUU, UAUU, UAKK,
UACC) and RAOB station 35671, plus correction of erroneous information
in entries for stations 74646, KCSM, KF30, KMIU, KS32, KSTZ.
- Updated the GVAR calibration module with correct coefficients for GOES-14 and -15.
- Added enhancements to a subset of MODIS ADDE image servers to correct
"bowtie distortion" of select MODIS imagery by specifying the
NAVTYPE=RECT keyword in the IMGCOPY, IMGDISP, IMGFILT or IMGOPER command.
The bowtie correction is done by remapping the data on the fly using the
MRTSwath package from USGS, and is available only on the subset of MODIS
servers listed in the McIDAS User's Guide's Appendix I section titled Configuring
MODIS Servers to use MRTSwath for Bowtie Correction.
- Updated the McIDAS-XRD package (which is included
in the McIDAS-X installation files) to include three new commands (AWSLOC,
CATOMTP and TAFLIST), one new data file (AWSLOC.TXT) and thirteen new servers
(ashxadir, ashxaget, awipadir, awipaget, awipaput, catgadir, catgaget, modcadir,
modcaget, modvadir, modvaget, nssxadir, nssxaget).
- Modified mcidas.mcenv (the installation file that contains
environment variables used in McIDAS-X for XP and McIDAS-X for Win7) to
include the new environment variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH and
to update the version number from 8.4 to 8.5 in the directory paths for the TCL_LIBRARY and TK_LIBRARY environment
All users of McIDAS-X on Windows systems (both Windows XP and Windows 7) will
need to include those modifications in their $HOME/.mcenv file.
Newly-created accounts will automatically include them and all other environment
variables defined in mcidas.mcenv by following the standard
instructions in the Setting
the SFU Environment (for
WinXP) or Setting
the SUA Environment (for Win7) section in Chapter 1 of the McIDAS
User's Guide. In those instructions, when a new user account is created the
supplied mcidas.mcenv file is
copied to $HOME/.mcenv in the account, and is sourced (run)
by $HOME/.profile each time the user logs on.
Existing user accounts in both McIDAS-X for XP and McIDAS-X for Win7
should already have a $HOME/.mcenv file. If it has personal
modifications, copying the supplied mcidas.mcenv file to $HOME/.mcenv would
overwrite those modifications. In order to add the required changes but not
overwrite the personal modifications, we recommend that if you already have
a $HOME/.mcenv file
you should manually add the changes by editing the file and making the three
- change all occurrences of ~mcidas/tcl/lib/tcl8.4 to ~mcidas/tcl/lib/tcl8.5
- change all occurrences of ~mcidas/tcl/lib/tk8.4 to ~mcidas/tcl/lib/tk8.5
- add these two lines to the end of the file:
Before installing Fastrack version 2011.1, make sure you view the
complete list of Fastrack
2011.1 Software Changes
, and, if you do any programming or local
code development/modification also view and complete the appropriate
actions described in the Fastrack
2011.1 Programmer Notes
(pdf). You might want to print or download
these two documents for future reference.
McIDAS-X 2011.1 is a fully supported Fastrack release. This means that the software is
fully supported by SSEC, and that each change to the software has been tested on all of
the supported workstation configurations. Full system testing will occur at least once
on each platform during each calendar year. If you elect to install 2011.1, we ask that
you notify the McIDAS Help Desk if you
encounter any bugs. Please be sure to mention that you are running version 2011.1.
Also note that if you plan to upgrade to 2011.1 from a version earlier
than 2010.1, you must first read and perform any required
actions in the release documents for each of the versions you skipped
so you know about their major changes and any required actions in the
interim. For example, if you are upgrading from version 2008 to 2011.1,
you must first read and perform any required actions in the release
documents for versions 2009.1, 2009.2, 2010.1 and 2010.2. See the
past versions page for
links to those and other materials from past versions.
To obtain and install McIDAS-X and/or McIDAS-XRD 2011.1, complete the following steps.
- Download (e.g., right-click and select Save option) the following
files to the ~mcidas directory
on your McIDAS-X for XP workstation.
Note: The installation will fail
if the names of the downloaded files do not exactly match those listed
below. If your web browser changes the names of the files during
download (e.g., mcidas2011.1_xp.tar.gz becomes mcidas2011.1_xp_tar.gz),
you must rename the files to those below before installing.
||compressed tar file containing binaries, source and data
files; compiledversion of -X & -XRD is about 610 MB (updated
09 December 2011 at 21:10 UTC; if you downloaded and installed
McIDAS-X 2011.1 before then, go to the IMGFILT
Correction page to determine if you should install the correction)
||environment variables used by McIDAS-X
||template for creating a .profile file in user
accounts that don't have a pre-existing .profile
- To install McIDAS-X and/or -XRD 2011.1 on your workstation, complete
the instructions in the section titled "Installing and Configuring
McIDAS-X" in Chapter 1 of the
McIDAS User's Guide.