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

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

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
    1.       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
  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/
  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.

-- CharlieHill - 26 Oct 2012

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