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McIDAS-X for XP Fastrack Version 2009.1
Software and Instructions

This page contains the software and instructions for installing McIDAS-X for XP version 2009.1, a fully supported Fastrack release. Significant modifications made since the previous release (version 2008a) include:

  • added support of Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5.0; programmers who do local McIDAS development must see the excerpt about RHEL 5 and the supported compilers in the Fastrack 2009.1 Programmer Notes (pdf)
  • removed references to Nested Grid Model (NGM) due to the NWS terminating it effective 03 March 2009 (NWS TIN08-90); the changes are mostly to the MOSRPT command (changed TYPE= keyword default from NGM to GFS) and McIDAS User's Guide GRD* command examples
  • added support for NOAA-19 in servers, ingestors, calibration files and ancillary data files
  • updated the McIDAS-X 2009.1 installation files and scripts to include the McIDAS-XRD 2009.1 software package; here is some additional information:
    • this change applies to 2009.1 and all subsequent versions of -X and -XRD (i.e., both packages will be included in the 2009.2, etc. installation files and scripts)
    • this change was done to make it easier to optionally install the -XRD package (previously, to install both -X and -XRD you had to download and install each package separately; it can now be done by downloading one set of files and running one build and install procedure)
    • as before, installing -XRD is still optional - the only negative impact for sites that don't install -XRD is that the tar file will be larger (because it contains both -X and -XRD)
    • see the McIDAS-XRD Software Page for more information about -XRD, as well as a list of software contained in -XRD 2009.1

Before installing Fastrack version 2009.1, make sure you view the complete list of Fastrack 2009.1 Software Changes, and, if you do any programming or local code development/modification also view and complete the appropriate actions described in the Fastrack 2009.1 Programmer Notes (pdf). You might want to print or download these two documents for future reference.

McIDAS-X 2009.1 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 2009.1, we ask that you notify the McIDAS Help Desk if you encounter any bugs. Please be sure to mention that you are running version 2009.1.

Also note that if you plan to upgrade to 2009.1 from a version earlier than 2008 (e.g., 2007), you must first read and perform the required actions in the document titled McIDAS-X Version 2008 Upgrade Procedure, May 2008 (pdf) that was included in your site's May 2008 upgrade package.


To obtain and install McIDAS-X and/or McIDAS-XRD 2009.1, complete the following steps.

  1. Download 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., mcidas2009.1.tar.gz becomes mcidas2009.1_tar.gz), you must rename the files to those below before installing.
    File name Size Description
    README 9 KB disk space requirements
    mcidas2009.1.sh 20 KB install/uninstall script (right click to download)
    mcidas2009.1.tar.gz 133243 KB compressed tar file containing binaries, source and data files (updated 10 July 2009 at 16:45 UTC to include updated CORE.SAT for NOAA-19)
    mcidas.mcenv 8 KB environment variables used by McIDAS-X
    mcidas.profile 4 KB template for creating a .profile file in user accounts that don't have a pre-existing .profile
  2. Examine the README file to read about the disk space requirements.
  3. To install McIDAS-X and/or -XRD 2009.1 on your workstation, complete the instructions in the section titled "Installing and Configuring McIDAS-X" in Chapter 1 of the McIDAS User's Guide.