McIDAS-X for XP Fastrack Version 2012.2
Software and Instructions
This page contains the software and instructions for installing McIDAS-X version
2012.2 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 HP-UX,
Linux, Mac OS X or Solaris workstation, go to the Unix instructions.
McIDAS-X for XP version 2012.2 is a fully supported Fastrack release. Significant
modifications made since the previous release (version 2012.1) are listed in
the bullets below. The instructions for obtaining and installing McIDAS-X for
XP 2012.2 appear after the bullet list.
- Added support of McIDAS-X on Mac OS X 10.7 Intel. Please note that due
to a Tcl/Tk incompatibility with OS X 10.6 and 10.7, the McIDAS-X GUI, Configuration GUI
and ASK1 command are not available/supported on OS X systems. All sites should also review
the 2013 Operating System Support Plans
so you're aware of the changes in support expected in 2013.
- Added new keyword EXClude= to WXTLIST command. The new keyword allows
you to exclude output that matches the specifed string(s).
- Increased the size of MAXDEFELEMENTS parameter in mcidas.h and areaparm.inc from
22000 to 25000 so that commands like IMGFILT and IMGOPER can be used with images
that contain up to 25,000 elements.
- Updated the GEODATA.CORE and LEODATA.CORE context files (which are used
to identify the data used in commands GEO and LEO) to use current satellites and datasets.
For example, in GEODATA.CORE datasets MSG/FD, EASTL/NH, WESTL/NH, WESTL/SH,
MTSAT/FD and INDOEX/FD were updated, and in LEODATA.CORE the NOAA 15-18 LAC
datasets were removed.
- Updated the AVHRR Level 1b server to support Metop-B data. The satellite,
which was launched 17 September 2012, is currently in the
week in-orbit verification stage as of October 2012.
- Added ability to access datasets on remote servers that use SSH tunneling.
See the new SSHADD, SSHDEL and SSHLIST options and the new remark in the
documentation in the McIDAS User's Guide for more information.
- Updated the station database (file STNDB.CORE) to include 12 new TAF
stations (K22, KCKV, KCPS, KFVE, KM89, KPSF, KSEZ, KSGU, NZIR, NZPG, NZSP, NZWD) and
new Metar station KQSA, plus corrected latitude and longitude of TDWR station MCI.
Also removed TAF data type for station KDRA because it no longer issues TAFs.
Before installing Fastrack version 2012.2, make sure you view the
complete list of Fastrack
2012.2 Software Changes
, and, if you do any programming or local
code development/modification also view and complete the appropriate
actions described in the Fastrack
2012.2 Programmer Notes
(pdf). You might want to print or download
these two documents for future reference.
McIDAS-X 2012.2 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 2012.2, we ask that
you notify the McIDAS Help Desk if you
encounter any bugs. Please be sure to mention that you are running version 2012.2.
Also note that if you plan to upgrade to 2012.2 from a version earlier
than 2012.1, 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 2010.1 to 2012.2,
you must first read and perform any required actions in the release
documents for versions 2010.2, 2011.1 and 2012.1. 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 2012.2, 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., mcidas2012.2_xp.tar.gz becomes mcidas2012.2_xp_tar.gz),
you must rename the files to those below before installing.
||compressed tar file containing binaries, source and data
files; compiled version of -X & -XRD is about 610 MB (updated
12 November 2012 at 21:38 UTC to correct a build error that prevented use of the McIDAS-X GUI, Configuration GUI and ASK1 command)
||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 2012.2 on your workstation, complete
the instructions in the section titled "Installing and Configuring
McIDAS-X" in Chapter 1 of the
McIDAS User's Guide.