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The current versions of the GMOS Mask Making software are v0.304, released in April 2011 for Linux and Mac OS X and v0.22 for Solaris. There is little difference in functionality between v0.304 and v0.22 but v0.304 is built to work on more recent Linux and Mac distributions and it includes visualization of tilted slits, restrictions on slit tilts (-45 < tilt < 45), and some bug fixes. Please use the current version for your OS for your mask designs. The current version of the GMOS mask making software provides support for Nod & Shuffle masks.
A bug in GMMPS v0.304 will prevent changes to the priorities unless the column "slittilt" is present in the object table. You can add the slittilt column using the IRAF tasks app2objt, stsdas2objt (see here), or tcalc (see here).
How to get the software
The GMOS Mask Making software is supplied as a gzipped tar file, and is available in compiled form for the following operating systems.
Fedora Core 3,4,6 (and compatible)
Fedore Core 14 32/64 bits
RedHat 9.0 (and compatible)
RedHat Enterprise 5.5 32/64 bits
Ubuntu 10 32/64 bits
Mac OS X
Version 0.22 (download)
Support for Linux and Mac OS X operating systems is included in the same tar file: gmmps-0.304-REL.tar.gz or gmmps-0.304-REL-SC31.tar.gz. For Sun OS, or RedHat 6.x or 7.x, please use version 0.22, available here, gmmps-V-0-22-REL.tar.gz. Depending on your browser, right or shift+click to save the file. The gzipped tar-file is about 30Mb. The unpacked software requires 80Mb of disk space. Some space can be saved by deleting the bin.PLATFORM and lib.PLATFORM directories which do not support your platform.
To use the GMOS Mask Making software, you will also need Skycat installed. Skycat versions 2.6.6 and later will work with the GMMPS 0.22, but the latest versions of GMMPS (0.302 and higher) require Skycat 3.0 or newer. For Linux we recommend skycat version 3.1.2 and this version is required for 64-bit kernels. For OS X the pre-compiled binaries for gmmps-0.304-REL.tar.gz must be used with skycat 3.0.1 while gmmps-0.304-REL-SC31.tar.gz must be used with skycat 3.1.2.
In addition, you will need the latest version of the Gemini IRAF package installed in order to create the input object tables.
How to install the software
The installation instructions are included with the released software in the file INSTALL.TXT. If you are using the software under Sun/Solaris, Linux/Redhat, or Mac OS X the installation involves only unpacking the distribution file and setting your path and environment variables as described in INSTALL.TXT. Starting with version 0.303 an install script simplifies the installation process and the setting of environmental variables. Under other operating systems you will have to compile the source code. This requires that you use GNU make.
Note for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) users: The location of one of the libraries used by gmmps has changed in OS X 10.5 and this will produce the error message "Error: dyld: Library not loaded: /usr/local/lib/libstdc++.6.dylib..." when gmmps is run using previous installation instructions. The new installation procedure for v0.303 (and newer) should configure the system properly. For older versions the simplest solution is to add /usr/lib to the DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH environmental variable in the gmmps the startup script, i.e.
Note for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) users: In addition to the change above for OS X 10.5, users of GMMPS v0.302 with OS X 10.6 should add a script called 'skycat' in their path with the following two lines:
This is not needed with GMMPS v0.303 and higher.
Note for Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) users: Skycat 3.0.1 will not run on OS X 10.7 (due to Apple removing Rosetta) therefore you must first install Skycat 3.1.2. Then you can can install gmmps-0.304-REL-SC31.tar.gz. If is also possible to recompile a version of gmmps that had been compiled for skycat 3.0.1. To do this untar this patch file in the top-level GMMPS directory, remove the existing bin.Darwin and lib.Darwin directories, and then follow the compilation instructions in INSTALL.TXT.
Note, to use the compatibility chart... you can give the "GMMPS Platform To Use" name to the "setplatform" or "install" scripts, e.g. for Debian 2.6.8 "install Fedora3".
Reported compatibility of Linux distributions with the GMMPS standard platforms:
|Linux Distro||GMMPS Platform To Use|
|Redhat Enterprise 2.6||RedHat9|
|Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper)||Fedora4|
|Ubuntu 9 (Jaunty Jackalope)||Redhat 5.5|
|Please submit any other platforms that you know to be compatible via the Gemini Help Desk or any other Gemini Contact ...|
The GMOS Mask Making Software is built on the ESO/VIMOS Mask Preparation Software, after agreement with European Southern Observatory. The software was modified for GMOS use by Jennifer Dunn (NRC, Canada), Dustin Fennell (Univ. of Victoria) and Craig Allen and Bryan Miller (Gemini).