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SAOTrace Version 2 Installation

The most current version of SAOTrace is version 2.0.4

SAOTrace is provided as source code. It must be compiled on your computer.

Release Notes

Release notes are available hereRead more.

Supported Platforms

SAOTrace is known to run on GNU/Linux and Mac OS X. The current version has been compiled and tested on the following platforms:

O/S Vendor/Distribution Version Arch Compilers
        C/C++ Fortran
GNU/Linux Debian 5 x86_64 gcc 4.3.2 gfortran 4.3.2
GNU/Linux Debian 6 x86_64 gcc 4.4.5 gfortran 4.4.5
GNU/Linux Debian 7 x86_64 gcc 4.7.2 gfortran 4.7.2
GNU/Linux Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 x86_64 gcc 4.4.7 gfortran 4.4.7
GNU/Linux CentOS 5.10 x86_64 gcc 4.1.2 gfortran 4.1.2
GNU/Linux CentOS 6.4 x86_64 gcc 4.4.7 gfortran 4.4.7
GNU/Linux CentOS 6.5 x86_64 gcc 4.4.7 gfortran 4.4.7
GNU/Linux Mint 13 x86_64 gcc 4.6.3 gfortran 4.6.3
GNU/Linux Mint 14 x86_64 gcc 4.7.2 gfortran 4.7.2
GNU/Linux Mint 15 x86_64 gcc 4.7.3 gfortran 4.7.3
GNU/Linux Mint 16 x86_64 gcc 4.8.1 gfortran 4.8.1
GNU/Linux Ubuntu 12.04 x86_64 gcc 4.6.3 gfortran 4.6.3
GNU/Linux Ubuntu 13.10 x86_64 gcc 4.8.1 gfortran 4.8.1
Mac OS X Apple 10.6.8 x86_64 gcc 4.2.1 gfortran 4.2.1
Mac OS X Apple 10.7.5 x86_64 Apple 4.2 gfortran 4.2.3

Software dependencies

The following are required:
  • C, C++ and Fortran compilers
  • bunzip2
  • unzip
  • gunzip
  • m4
  • make
  • tar
If your system does not provide Perl, or has a version older than 5.10.1, the build script will build a private copy.

The following are recommended:

  • GNU readline library

Building and installing SAOTrace

Download the Source Code

The source code for SAOTrace is available as a single compressed tar file. Archives for version 2 have names like

where 2.y.z is the version of the code. Make sure you downloaded the latest file for version 2.

download Download here

Unpack the tarball

tar xzvf saotrace-2.y.z.tar.gz

This will create a directory named saotrace-2.y.z.

Follow the Installation Instructions

Please read and follow the instructions in the INSTALL file included in the top directory of the source distribution.


Please contact opticsoft@head.cfa.harvard.edu for all support issues.
This software is not CXC Data Systems software and is not supported in any fashion by them.
Please do not contact the CXC Helpdesk if you have problems.
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