McIDAS User's Guide
Version 2010.1

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Preparing the mcidas Account

Follow the steps below to prepare the mcidas account.

1. If the workstation does not have a mcidas account, have the system administrator make one. The new account's default umask should be set to 755.

2. Log on to the workstation as mcidas.

3. Modify the PATH of the mcidas account so that it contains the necessary directories when you log on; refer to the table below. The default PATH of the mcidas account may not contain all the required directories or have them in the correct order.

Operating System Modification
All operating systems If you will be building McIDAS-X using the gcc and g77 compilers, you must also include the directory containing the GCC compilers in the mcidas account's PATH. See below for other changes needed for each operating system.
AIX 5L version 5.3.3 none necessary
IRIX 6.5.21 none necessary
Enterprise Linux 4.0+ none necessary
Mac OS X 10.5.8 none necessary
HP-UX 11.11 add this directory to the PATH :
also add these two directories:
before these directories in the PATH :
Solaris 10 add these two directories:
if the PATH contains:
/usr/ucb or/usr/local/bin
it must follow:

4. Log out and log on again for the changes to take effect.

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