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Scisoft OSX Mirror

 

This is NOT THE OFFICIAL SITE FOR Scisoft OSX. This is an mirror download site in case the official one goes offline. You probably want to check the official Scisoft OSX site first before using these links. I have not gotten permission to place this archive online but I am doing so because some people are having problems accessing the Scisoft OSX download pages.I’m providing some instructions here, but they are copied from the Scisoft OSX Installation Instructions page. I strongly recommend you go there for any updated information. Installation instructions:

  1. Download the version of Scisoft matching your Macintosh computer’s CPU processor. Check “About this Mac” under the Apple menu for a description of your computer’s processor. Then select the link below corresponding to the current versions of Scisoft OSX package for your processor:
  2. Install the files in the package by doing the following.
    • For Scisoft OSX 2012.7.1 (64 bit)
      1. Unzip the package file.
      2. Double click the package, this will launch Apple’s Installer application, just accept the defaults and install the software. All the software will end up in the /scisoft directory, so there is little chance of mucking up your computer using this installer.
    • For Scisoft OSX 2009.10.1 Intel
      1. I suggest using the command line in an administrative account, you can untar the tarball using the command:
        sudo tar -C / -xzvf Scisoft_OSX_macintel_2009.10.1.tar.gz
      2. You will be asked for your account password to allow ‘sudo’ to run the tar command as root. If Safari un-gzipped the file, you might to instead use the command:
        sudo tar -C / -xvf Scisoft_OSX_macintel_2009.10.1.tar
    • For versions previous to Scisoft OSX 2009.10.1 Intel
      1. Unzip the package file.
      2. Double click the package, this will launch Apple’s Installer application, just accept the defaults and install the software. All the software will end up in the /scisoft directory, so there is little chance of mucking up your computer using this installer.
  3. Once the installer has finished you must set up your command line environment. In order to be able to run ANY of the Scisoft software, a Setup file needs to be sourced. Depending on whether your are a Bash or Tcsh user you need to modify your shell startup file as follow:
    • If you are using tcsh (preferred shell for Scisoft and IRAF) edit ~/.tcshrcand add the line
      source /scisoft/bin/Setup.csh
      (on PPC Installations)
      source /Applications/scisoft/all/bin/Setup.csh
      (on Intel Installations)
      source /usr/local/scisoft/bin/Setup.csh
      (on 64-bit Intel beta Installations)

      near the end of that file (WARNING: versions before 2008.8.1 are not in /Applications/scisoft but rather just /scisoft). Do not forget to add an empty line following this if this is the last entry in your startup file or this command will not be executed when you log on.
    • If you are using bash (in which case, good luck) edit ~/.bashrcand add the line
      . /scisoft/bin/Setup.bash
      (on PPC Installations)
      . /Applications/scisoft/all/bin/Setup.bash
      (on Intel Installations)
      . /usr/local/scisoft/bin/Setup.bash
      (on 64-bit Intel beta Installations)

      near the end of that file (note there is a space between the initial period and the rest of that line). Do not forget to add an empty line following this if this is the last entry in your startup file or this command will not be executed when you log on.

  4. Learn from other resources how to use the various packages you have installed.

 

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  1. Gordon Richards says:
    Since you have gotten SciSoft 2009.9.1 to work on Snow Leopard, I wonder if you find that you can use pylab in python? I'm getting a bus error. I've asked Nor about it, but still haven't found a solution. It would be helpful to know if others are having the same problem or if it is just me. Here's the error:
    [n1-18-223:~] gtr% which python
    /Applications/scisoft//i386/bin/python
    [n1-18-223:~] gtr% python
    Python 2.5.4 (r254:67916, May 13 2009, 14:09:10) 
    [GCC 4.0.1 (Apple Inc. build 5488)] on darwin
    Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
    >>> import numpy
    >>> import pylab
    Bus error
    
    Regards, Gordon Richards Drexel University
  2. admin says:
    All I can tell you is I am not a python user (I am interested, but it will have to wait for my next sabbatical, since I don't have time to dive into a new language these days), so I can't be terribly helpful. I do know Apple pre-installs a considerably newer installation of python that SciSoft, but I don't know if the newer installation is necessary to avoid the bus error (I can't imagine python was tweaked for snow leopard support, but who knows).


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