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Before You Start

The DMT libraries are available to the entire GW community. The primary purpose for the DMT libraries are to provide a toolkit for developing LIGO data monitors. The toolkit will evolve as necessary to support this activity. Although I will try to maintain backwards compatibility,  this may not be possible. Please read the release notes and change file when loading new versions.

Rauha Rahkola  has documented the step-by-step procedures used to install v2.0.0 of the DMT software on a Solaris workstation (Solaris Installation updated 04/04/02) and I have added some notes on installing v2.8.1 on a RedHat Linux 9 platform (Linux Installation updated 05/17/04). If anyone is willing to do the same for other versions and platforms, I will link them here also.

Suggestions and inquiries are welcome and may be sent to me at zweizig_j'at'

Required Software

The packages listed below are necessary for the proper installation of the DMT software.

Software development tools

Public Domain Libraries

  • zlib - gzip compression library (zlib-1.1.4 or later)
  • libbz2 - bzip compression library (bzip2-1.0.2). Note: bzlib.h can be found in bzip2-devel if it isn't included on your linux system.
  • Other software

  • root - Object-oriented data analysis system (version 3.05-06 or later)
  • ligotools - Ligo toolbox
  • Installing GDS from the DASWG Repository

    To install the GDS software at you home institution you may install a native binary package from the Daswg repository package for the supported systems (currently SL6 and debian squeeze).

    Building the software from SVN

    For other operating systems you will probably have to compile the gds package from the sources. The source files are available as tar files (linked to the version names in the table below) or from svn. The current versions are listed below with the SVN tag in square braces:

    GDS version
    CVS Tag
    Backup version [old]
    ER2 production version [pro]
    Current testing version. [new]

    The procedure for installing any of the above versions is:
    1. Verify that all the packages named in the "Required Software" list are installed.
    2. Download the gds package from svn repository as follows:
    3. Configure the build
    4. Compile the GDS software
    5.  Install the compiled packages into a tree based at <target-dir>

    Building the Documentation Tree

    The DMT online documentation is built from the source distribution as follows:
    1. Build the documentation:
    2. Copy the documentation to the an appropriate web directory:

    Installation Scripts

    I have written two scripts to build ROOT and GDS/DMT, respectively on the standard DMT platforms. These scripts seem to work, but have not been extensively tested. In each case you must replace the target directory names that are defined at the top of the scripts. The scripts download the full source from cvs into "<target>/cvs/" and
    then compile and install the results into "<target>/<revision>/". Once the installation is completed, you can leave the cvs directory or delete it as you see fit.

    Setting the User Environment

    To use your new GDS installation you should set up a few environment variables. If you use tcsh, type:

    setenv DMTHOME <target-dir>
    setenv DMTVERSION pro
    source $DMTHOME/$DMTVERSION/bin/setup


    If you use bash, type:

    export DMTHOME=<target-dir>
    export DMTVERSION=pro
    source $DMTHOME/$DMTVERSION/bin/setupb


    root-setup[b] should print out where everything is installed. You can then run any of the pre-compiled monitors on local frame files, use DMT classes in root, develop new DMT monitors, etc.

    Last Update: Sep 6, 2012
    Please send questions, comments or suggestions to: John Zweizig