McIDAS-X Fastrack Version 2016.2
Software and Instructions
This page contains the software and instructions for installing McIDAS-X version
2016.2 on a Linux, Mac OS X or Solaris workstation. If you are installing
it on a Windows 7 workstation, go to the Windows
McIDAS-X version 2016.2 is a fully supported Fastrack release. Significant
modifications made since the previous release (version 2016.1) are listed in
the bullet list below. The instructions for obtaining and installing McIDAS-X 2016.2
appear after the bullet list.
- Changed support of McIDAS-X on Apple and Red Hat systems as follows:
See the McIDAS-X 2016.2 Supported System Configurations page
for the list of all supported configurations.
- On Apple Mac OS X systems, changed support from 10.9 and 10.10 to 10.10 and 10.11.
- On Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems, changed support from RHEL versions 5 and 6 to RHEL
versions 6 and 7. Note: For users of the McIDAS-X GUI, we recommend the KDE desktop
environment on RHEL 7, and the GNOME desktop environment for users on RHEL 6.
- Updated preliminary version of GOES-R ABI server to include bug fixes, improved
performance, and support of Level 2 product files. See the
DSSERVE command documentation in the
McIDAS User's Guide or its online help for information about creating GOES-R datasets,
and the GOES section in the Bands
appendix for information about its spatial and spectral attributes. As of September 2016, the
first satellite in the series is scheduled for launch on 04 November 2016. See the
GOES-R Series website for schedule updates
and additional information.
- Updated Himawari servers to include temperature information in the
output Area file's Infrared bands when IMGCOPY with STYPE=VISR is run using a
source dataset containing HimawariCast data. The servers were also updated to
report the correct start time for the Japan and Target sector images.
- Added BLIZWATCH (for blizzard watches) as a new option in the TYPE=
keyword in the WWDISP and WWLIST commands. See the TYPE= keyword in the
WWLIST command documentation in the
McIDAS User's Guide for the complete list of warnings, watches and advisories that
- Added new (DESC) option to the FRMLABEL and ZA commands.. This new option
allows you to insert the band use description from the SATBAND file in the frame label or
graphics. See the FRMLABEL and
ZA command documentation in the
McIDAS User's Guide for more information.
- Updated GRIB server to give an informational error message when it cannot
process a large grid due to an insufficient stack size setting on the server machine. See the
Increasing the Stack Size section in
the McIDAS User's Guide for action to take if the error Unix system stack size on
server machine insufficient for grib decoding is encountered when accessing a very large
grid with commands like GRDDISP.
Before installing Fastrack version 2016.2, make sure you view the complete
list of Fastrack 2016.2 Software Changes,
and, if you do any programming or local code development/modification also
view and complete the appropriate actions described in the Fastrack
2016.2 Programmer Notes (pdf). You might want to print or download these
two documents for future reference.
McIDAS-X 2016.2 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 2016.2, we ask that
you notify the McIDAS Help Desk if you
encounter any bugs. Please be sure to mention that you are running version 2016.2.
Also note that if you plan to upgrade to 2016.2 from a version earlier than
2016.1, 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 2014.1 to 2016.2, you must first read and perform any required
actions in the release documents for versions 2015.1, 2015.2 and 2016.1.
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 2016.2, complete the following steps.
- Download (e.g., right-click and select Save option) the following
files to the ~mcidas directory
on your McIDAS-X workstation.
||compressed tar file containing source & data files; compiled
version of -X & -XRD is about 1.1 GB
||script that configures an ADDE remote server
- To install McIDAS-X and/or -XRD 2016.2 on your workstation, complete the
instructions in the section titled "Installing and Configuring McIDAS-X" in
Chapter 1 of the McIDAS