By default, the FITSH package does not have any specific dependence. You only have a C compiler (e.g. GCC) and the related standard development headers (that are usually placed in the directory /usr/include) on your system. See also the list of supported operating systems and architectures below.
Here we detail how FITSH can be installed:
In principle, FITSH do not need any special privileges on the host computer, so all of the features are instantly available for a non-privileged normal user. System-wide and package-based installation simplifies the access to FITSH tasks for all of the users having an access to the computer in general.
In this description below, the commands beginning with the prompt
# ... refer to commands needed to be issued by the root (i.e. system administrator) while commands beginning with the prompt
$ ... can be run without any specific privileges.
The current stable version of the program is 0.9.2, you can browse the available versions here. Instailling the package from the source tarball might go as follows. After extracting the archive, by entering simply (for the latest version):
Then, go to the appropriate sub-directory (fitsh-0.9.2, by issuing
cd fitsh-0.9.2), and run the standard
configure && make procedure, i.e.:
which is followed by
After a successful compilation, the binaries and some related libraries might be installed into the target filesystem hierarchy location by entering
The "root" of the filesystem hierarchy is the
/usr/local directory by default. In order to place the binaries to another location, use an alternative prefix for
./configure, for instance:
If you do not have rights on the computer for system administration, i.e. you cannot install anything under
/opt or /usr/local, you can safely use your home directory (or a subdirectory in it) in order to install the package. Supposing that your username is myuser (see also the output of the
whoami command) and your home directory is
/home/myuser, simply type
The installation procedure (see
make install above) will then create the subdirectories
/home/mysuer/usr/include where the task binaries,
lfit shared objects and
lfit module headers are installed, respectively. In this case, you should put the directory
/home/mysuer/usr/bin into your path in order to access the FITSH tasks from everywhere (at least, from your account). Follow your shell's guidelines to do so, if you use the bash shell, put something similar into your
If the DPKG packaging system and the help2man utility is installed on your system, you can use the target
to create a Debian package. In order to install this newly created package, use the command dpkg:
or use your alternative/favourite Debian package manager. Note that the newly created Debian package is always placed into the root of the source tree. Note also that while the
make deb target doesn't require root privileges, the
dpkg --install ... does so.
During the development of the FITSH package, it was tested under the following operating systems and architectures:
The complier was always the system default C compiler from the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC). Since the primary development platfrom is Debian, some compilation-time warnings may occur on other operating systems.