CACTUS Installation

This page contains instructions on how to install different CACTUS builds on supported operating systems. Many of these same instructions can be found the CACTUS wiki at https://svnweb.cern.ch/trac/cactus/wiki/

Contents
Install CACTUS on SLC5
Install CACUS on SL5
Install PyChips

Install CACTUS on SLC5 (Scientific Linux CERN)

CACTUS installation on SLC5 is supported by RPM/YUM

  1. Download the CACTUS repo file
  2. Copy the repo file to /etc/yum.repos.d
       $ sudo cp cactus.repo /etc/yum.repos.d
       
  3. Install the software using YUM
       $ sudo yum groupinstall cactus
       
  4. When installation is complete, then the CACTUS software package should be in /opt/cactus

Install CACTUS on SL5 (Scientific Linux)

CACTUS installation on SL5 is not supported by RPM/YUM and must be done manually.

  1. Install the prerequisites for the installation using YUM
       $ sudo yum -y install bzip2-devel zlib-devel ncurses-devel python-devel readline-devel
       
  2. Check out the code from SVN into the desired location your machine.
       $ svn co https://svn.cern.ch/reps/cactus/trunk
       
  3. Be sure the CACTUS root directory trunk/ is where you want it. In the following steps, I will just assume the code has been checked out into the user's home directory.
  4. Go the 'trunk' directory of the CACTUS code and build the package
       $ cd ~/trunk/
       $ make
       
  5. The build may take a long time--on the order of an hour--so be patient. If any errors occur, make sure that all of the above-mentioned prerequisites are indeed installed and up-to-date, and try again.

Install PyChips

NOTE that PyChips is not supported by IPbus v2, and therefore will not work with the AMC13XG or greater than AMC13 rev1 T1/T2 firmware version 0x25/0x13. PyChips installation is not supported by RPM/YUM and must be done manually

  1. Download the PyChips tar file from SVN to the desired directory on your machine (i.e. ${HOME}/PyChips_1_4_3)
       $ svn co http://cactus.hepforge.org/svn/branches/PyChips_1_4_3 ~/PyChips_1_4_3
       
  2. Set your environment
       $ export PYTHONPATH=$HOME/PyChips_1_4_3/src:$PYTHONPATH
       
  3. PyChips is successfully installed! In order to use it in a python script, be sure to include the statement from PyChipsUser import * at the head of your file

-- CharlieHill - 26 Oct 2012

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