Welcome to Mac hints and tips!by Emanuela Pompei
IMPORTANT!DO NOT upgrade to OSX 10.8 (and, if you can, leave also 10.7 alone).
NEW as of 2014-10-15MIDAS seems to compile on Mavericks IF:
How to set-up
Documentation for Tiger, with links to older systems.
If you plan to install sciosoft or IRAF on your computer, use tcsh or csh as default shell, NOT bash.
How to set-up
Documentation for Leopard.
If you plan to install sciosoft or IRAF on your computer, install Leopard with case insensitive option and use tcsh or csh as default shell, NOT bash.
Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard (PPC Macs and Intels)
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedy.
Also very useful site for shared web pages
Darwin ports and it's available for free from the Apple web site
Ok, in this case the only option is to try the Darwin ports (see above), or to
browse the network for the applications you need. To my knowledge Tex and
emacs are reasonably easy to find, e-mail me for other stand-alone applications
you'd like listed here.
How can I connect on VPN?
Either you use the built-in VPN connection
window within the Internet connect application
or, if this doesn't work, you might need to use
the CISCO VPN client.
Instructions how to use it and software downloading
Watch out: if you have OS 10.4.x and you are connecting from a modem, you
might get an "Error 51", claiming that VPN cannot detect any valid IP
to connect, even if you are already connected to the net.
This is a known bug in 10.4.x and the simplest workaround so far is:
- quit VPN;
- from terminal type: sudo SystemStarter restart CiscoVPN
this will restart the VPN kernel
- restart VPN.
Does Skycat works on Mac?
Not yet and it never will, if you have OS X up to 10.3.9; however jsky,
the java equivalent does. In case you don't know the
java graphic libraries
needed by jsky up to version 2.0 must go in the directory:
Newer OS versions carry everything with them.
Starting with Tiger, Skycat works well on Mac and you don't need to jsky any longer.
The STARLINK team had managed to have the Gaia software running standalone
on the OS X, from 10.2 onward. It doesn't visualize MEF files (at least I did not manage
to), but otherwise it has all the functionalities of the SkyCatGaia.
Finally, if you are a OSX 10.4.x user, you *can* have a working Skycat, by clicking here
Do ESO released pipelines work on Mac?
I tested this on 10.4.x ONLY and the answer is yes, at least for the FORSes and CRIRES pipeline.
Go here and download the file you want. Unpack it and get into the main directory; then, from an xterm just type:
and follow the instructions.
The first time you run it, the standard installation will also install for you gasgano and esorex;
for additional pipelines only the related instrument software should be installed (I hope).
If you want more details....READ the manuals.
May 2012: the new Macs (64 bits, 10.6.8 and onward, java 1.6) will behave in a peculiar way
if you try to compile the pipeline under csh (c shell).
To make it work (tested on SINFONI only):
follow the instructions at the end of the installation to set
properly the gasgano/esorex paths and the environment variables
(setenv in csh, export in bash).
Does IDL works on Mac?
Yes, you can use the ESO floating license for Linux.
To do so, download the last IDL (6.0) version
from the CREASO
web site, then place in your .cshrc (or .bashrc)
file the line:
setenv LM_LICENSE_FILE 1995@lserv1:1995@lserv2:1995@lserv3
which are the Garching servers running the license
(otherwise you have to place you own nameserver)
Hint for ESO people: if the name doesn't work, use the IP
address (not on web for obvious reasons).
Newer (6.2 and onward) versions of IDL have their own license
file in the installation directory; a cleaner way is to set-up the
license machine there.
xephem works on Mac?
Yes, just download it from Apple web site (from Mac OS 10.2.1 onward)
works on Mac?
Yes, it does. To make it work, edit
the p2pp file in P2PP$HOME/bin and write the line:
# Set system-dependant options
From p2pp v2.9 onward just install the software: the OS X is recognized at once.
Does the NACO
jnps software work on my Mac?
Yes, it does. To make it work, you have to manually type
the directory path of your java installation, otherwise the
software will look in the wrong one.
software work on my Mac?
In principle yes. Except that you will need to fool around the make_install script;
since this is not officially supported by ESO no further hints are given.
Same applies for FPOSS.
No clue how VMMPS will behave; if you managed, please let me know.
What other science software can work on
Basically most of the commonly used packages
work without problems on MacOSX.
For a complete list of which I am aware so far,
please refer to the scisoft collection for MacOSX.
Just as additional info, MIDAS compiles from source code
without problems on the Mac, including the GUIs.
This holds also for the 64bit version, provided you download the latest 2011 version.
WARNING! If you plan to use scisoft on Leopard, please make sure that you have installed
Leopard with case insensitive option, otherwise the scisoft set-up paths will be screwed up
(may be fixed in later versions, check on scisoft website).
If you don't care about the scisoft collection and are an IRAF fan,
I'd suggest you have a look at the IRAF on Mac page
Setting up a cell phone as USB/Bluetooth
modem on Mac?
Yes, possible. ESO VPN won't work (at least I did not manage) with bluetooth connection,
but you will have a reasonably fast network.
If you are using bluetooth connection, remember to set the telephone in visible mode.
Check these links for instructions:
useful modem scripts
Call phone and Mac configuration instructions
specific RAZR V3 instructions
No need to buy the motorola phone tools to connect, the Mac does a good job by itself.
Apple knowledge base useful article
If you are in Italy, the Wind dmg file ready to install does a reasonably good job by itself,
in case you don't want to bother with set-ups.
Just remember to ask Wind the instructions to enable the connection.
Tried with TIM and gave up the same day.
Updated on 15 October 2014