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McIDAS-X 2017.2
Supported System Configurations

McIDAS-X 2017.2 is supported on systems running Apple Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows 7 with SUA or Red Hat Linux.

The section below lists the software versions, by vendor, that McIDAS User Services tested - and fully supports - McIDAS-X 2017.2 on. In most cases, you should be able to install and run McIDAS-X 2017.2 on workstations running later editions in the same version series (e.g., if McIDAS-X is tested and supported on version 1.2.1, then versions 1.2.2, 1.2.3, etc. are also likely to work correctly). However, please keep in mind that McIDAS User Services is very limited in its ability to acquire and test versions other than those below and thus is limited in its ability to assist in troubleshooting problems that occur with other versions.

Vendor: Apple

Operating System macOS 10.12.6 Intel
Fortran compiler gfortran: 7.1
C compiler gcc: 7.1
X Server XQuartz 2.7.9
Operating System OS X 10.11.5 Intel
Fortran compiler gfortran: 5.3.0
C compiler gcc: 5.3.0
X Server XQuartz 2.7.9

macOS and OS X Notes:

  1. In order to build and install McIDAS-X on macOS or OS X, you must install the Xcode Developer Tools and Command Line Tools on your workstation. Xcode is available via the App Store and from https://developer.apple.com. Command Line Tools are available at https://developer.apple.com/download/more/ (developer login required).
  2. XQuartz is available for free at http://xquartz.macosforge.org. We recommend installing the latest available version.
  3. The gcc and gfortran compilers are available for free at http://hpc.sourceforge.net. These compilers must be reinstalled if Xcode is updated.

Vendor: Microsoft

Operating System Windows 7 Enterprise with Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA) and SUA Community Complete Toolset
Fortran compiler g77: 3.3 (packaged with SUA)
C compiler gcc: 3.3 (packaged with SUA)
X Server we do not have a specific X server that we recommend for Windows 7; the two that are used most at SSEC are Xming (packaged with SUA Community Complete Toolset) and X-Win32; we have encountered problems with both, typically with cutting and pasting or when using cursor-based commands like CUR, PC or CM; if you encounter these types of problems you may find that setting or unsetting the -noXCursor flag in your $HOME/.mcidasrc file improves performance

Vendor: Red Hat

Operating System Enterprise Linux 7.2 Intel
Fortran compiler gfortran: 4.8.5
C compiler gcc: 4.8.5
X Window System packaged with Enterprise Linux 7.2
Operating System Enterprise Linux 6.7 Intel
Fortran compiler gfortran: 4.4.7
C compiler gcc: 4.4.7
X Window System packaged with Enterprise Linux 6.7

Linux Notes:

  1. We have encountered problems with the GUI when using the GNOME 3 desktop environment, which is the default on RHEL 7 systems. We recommend installing and using KDE instead. On RHEL 6 systems we recommend using earlier versions of GNOME. Using a different desktop environment on either system may result in the McIDAS-X GUI windows not displaying correctly or at all.
  2. Enterprise Linux does not install the compress utility by default. So you must install compress if you will be configuring your Enterprise Linux workstation as an ADDE remote server.