4 Compilation

VIEWMOL 2.4 has been written in C. For compilation of VIEWMOL you need a C compiler. TIFF files are supported by the freely available TIFF library which is also necessary to compile the program. It can be found on many ftp sites, e. g. at ftp://ftp.remotesensing.org/pub/libtiff/. PNG files are supported by the freely available PNG library which is also necessary to compile the program. It can be found at http://libpng.sourceforge.net/. If you want to link VIEWMOL with Mesa instead of with OpenGL you will need Mesa (http://www.mesa3d.org/).

Linux users need Motif to compile and run the program (if the program complains about ``viewmol: can't load library 'libXm.so.1'" Motif is missing). Motif is available from http://www.motifzone.org/download/. The Motif clone Lesstif (http://www.lesstif.org/) can be used with Viewmol starting with version 0.81. There are, however, some glitches with Lesstif (e. g. shortcuts don't work).

If you want to recompile the program and you are running one of the supported operating systems you may type make. The shell script getmachine determines the operating system you are running and sets some options for the compiler. If this does not work you should have a look into the Makefile. The options set are explained there. They are the following:

The getmachine shell script will ask you for the path names to the TIFF, PNG and Python libraries and to the include files necessary with these libraries. You may specify these path names using environment variables if you put the name of the variable in parentheses (e. g. $(HOME)). These path names are assigned to the LIBTIFF, TIFFINCLUDE, LIBPNG, PNGINCLUDE, PYTHONINCLUDE, and LIBPYTHON flags and stored in a file .config.<OS> where <OS> is the output of the uname -s command on your machine. If this file already exists, getmachine does not ask for these path names.

Silicon Graphics compilers on 64-bit operating systems (IRIX64 - R8000, R10000, R12000) will produce a lot of warning messages concerning casts of pointers to integers. These can be safely ignored.

The make procedure will build the program in a directory whose name depends on the operating system and type of CPU you are using. You will find all executables in this directory. After compilation follow the steps under Installation to complete the installation. If you have compiled VIEWMOL yourself it is recommended that you use the included test scripts to ensure VIEWMOL is functioning correctly (cf. p. [*]).

Jörg-Rüdiger Hill Fri Oct 31 14:19:21 CET 2003