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|Setting Up a Mac OS X Machine for STAR Work|
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Here is a list of some items which one should/could install to integrate the STAR environment into OS X. However, it is recommended that the user run OS X version 10.1 or later to have full support of the required packages. Not all of the STAR environment is available, as the root4star software libraries are not presently compiled for OS X. While this may change in the future, for now the code may at least be accessed via AFS, and ROOT by itself is supported for OS X. Of course, these things change faster than I update this page...
Subnet Mask: 255.255.254.0 Router: 220.127.116.11 Domain Name Servers: 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124 Search Domains: star.bnl.gov rcf.bnl.gov rhic.bnl.gov bnl.govIf one does not have a BNL IP address, then select the "Using DHCP" configuration setting (one can still optionally include the search domains listed above, but everything else is automatic with DHCP).
Under the Proxies tab, activate all proxy selections and enter 192.168.1.3,
port 3128 for the proxy. Future versions of OS X may allow the use of the
automated proxy script (http://security.bnl.gov/proxy/cfg.pag), but this
is not yet implemented and one must enter the actual proxy IP address.
In the "bypass proxy settings" area, enter
*.bnl.gov, sec.bnl.gov, 192,168.*, 130.199.*. Shown below
is the Proxies panel for the system network settings. Look
here for proxy settings
for some individual applications.
We have wireless networking in some STAR work areas if you have an AirPort card. For more information, see STAR Wireless Networking at BNL. The WEP key is what should be entered for the password (with a "$" in front).
After installing the package, there are a few things that must be done to work with RCF:
>rhic.bnl.gov #Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider 126.96.36.199 #rafs03.rcf.bnl.gov 188.8.131.52 #rafs02.rcf.bnl.gov 184.108.40.206 #rafs01.rcf.bnl.govAlternatively, one can copy this file from any rcas machine at /usr/vice/etc/CellServDB.
setenv STAR /afs/rhic/star/packages/profor tcsh. (If you're using a shell other than tcsh, then you probably know how to set environment variables in that shell. If you're not sure which shell you're using, type echo $shell to find out. And in the RCEnvironment preference pane, you simply add (+) an entry with STAR for the key and the appropriate value above.) Eventually I would like to be able to load the entire STAR environment variables, but for now this is dangerous because some of the STAR scripts change your path!
setenv CVSROOT /afs/rhic/star/packages/repository
There are also several choices of window managers with Xfree86/XDarwin. The twm manager comes included. Motif (mwm) is available as a free, and easily installed package called Lesstif (www.lesstif.org), as openMotif (openMotif.org) does not currently support OS X. But I recommend OroborOSX (if you are not already using Apple's X11 Aqua interface) (wrench.et.ic.ac.uk/adrian/software/oroborosx/), which imitates OS X (Aqua) style windows and provides window themes and some menu services. But if you decide to use Fink (fink.sourceforge.net) to install packages (and they have a LOT of packages for OS X!), there are over a dozen other window managers.
I opted to create a directory /opt/root as superuser for my ROOT installation. I had to do two things different than was stated in the instructions for ROOT: I use tcsh instead of bash, so I had to use setenv instead of export in my environment.mine file, and $DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH was not defined anyhwere else first, so I changed the redefinition of this variable. If I were using a .tcshrc file, it would look something like:
setenv ROOTSYS /opt/root/pro #setenv DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH $DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH\:$ROOTSYS/lib setenv DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH $ROOTSYS/lib setenv PATH $PATH\:$ROOTSYS/binUsing the environment plist file, I cannot use environment variables in the definition of an environment variable, so I have (replace the ellipses below with your own paths):
ROOTSYS /opt/root/dev DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH ...:/opt/root/dev/lib PATH ...:/opt/root/dev/bin
If anyone wants to try to compile root4star on their machine, they are welcome to. I have not tried this myself, so I'm not aware of what pieces of code specifically are required. Please let me know if you do and I can post the instructions here.
I also recommend aliasing ssh to 'ssh -X -A' to automate authentication and XWindow forwarding.
Here are some other tips/tricks for OSX I've found worthwhile: