Difference between revisions of "Running VisIt on OS X"

(step by step instructions for running on Mac OS X)
 
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First start the Terminal.app. Next find the visit start script.  If the uncompressed visit folder  is in the download folder of your home directory you will need to change directories to enter this folder.  From the terminal type the following:
 
First start the Terminal.app. Next find the visit start script.  If the uncompressed visit folder  is in the download folder of your home directory you will need to change directories to enter this folder.  From the terminal type the following:
 
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<source lang="java">
 
  cd Downloads
 
  cd Downloads
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</source>
 
(note that the terminal has auto file completion.  you can type Dow and then press 'tab' and the file name will complete.)
 
(note that the terminal has auto file completion.  you can type Dow and then press 'tab' and the file name will complete.)
 
Once in the Downloads folder, change to the visit subdirectory.  type:
 
Once in the Downloads folder, change to the visit subdirectory.  type:
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<source lang="java">
  
 
cd visit
 
cd visit
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</source>
 
Next change to the bin subdirectory:
 
Next change to the bin subdirectory:
 
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<source lang="java">
 
cd bin
 
cd bin
now actually run the visit application from the terminal application. type :
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</source>
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now actually run the visit application from the terminal application. type
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<source lang="java">
 
./visit
 
./visit
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</source>
 
At this point you should be able to see a start up screen.
 
At this point you should be able to see a start up screen.

Revision as of 22:41, 1 October 2009

VisIT is used mostly in Unix envinroments. Starting VisIT is straightforward, but very different for a typical Mac user.

First download the binary. The file name ends in .gz, that is a compressed file using the gzip compression library. Double click on the .gz file from Finder, the file will be uncompressed and a new folder will be created named visit.

Currently there is no way to just click on something and make visit run. To actually run visit you will need to use the Terminal application. This is located in Applications, Utilities, Terminal.app. When run, this application is the text shell at the heart of most Unix applications.

First start the Terminal.app. Next find the visit start script. If the uncompressed visit folder is in the download folder of your home directory you will need to change directories to enter this folder. From the terminal type the following:

 cd Downloads

(note that the terminal has auto file completion. you can type Dow and then press 'tab' and the file name will complete.) Once in the Downloads folder, change to the visit subdirectory. type:

cd visit

Next change to the bin subdirectory:

cd bin

now actually run the visit application from the terminal application. type

./visit

At this point you should be able to see a start up screen.