Installing MDSplus on PPPL Mac's
To access MDSplus tools and data on a Macintosh at PPPL, you
will probably find it easier and more maintainable to simply ssh in from X11 windows
to the PPPL Linux cluster and run MDSplus applications there (after typing "module load nstx").
If, however, you wish to
run MDSplus directly on your Macintosh, you can (assuming you have Administrative privileges).
You might want to download the latest MDSplus for MacOSX from http://mdsplus.org/, but as
of December, 2009, the following was necessary (for Intel Macs, at least):
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- see http://mdsplus.org :Documentation:Tutorial:MDS_ServerOSX
- To get jScope to work at PPPL on NSTX data, type jScope at the command line
(ignore the initial error about LocalDataProvider) and then go into "File...Properties..."
and replace all the lines
at the top, down to "jScope.reversed=false", with the following:
jScope.default_server = 1
jScope.data_server_1.name = NSTX
jScope.data_server_1.argument = skylark.pppl.gov:8501
jScope.data_server_1.class = MdsDataProvider
Click on "Save" and then "Close" at the bottom of this window
and then restart jScope.
You can find useful instructions under the "Help...About jScope" menu.
The above assumes you will keep most of your files in a subdirectory called jscp.
Create this by typing at the command line:
You may wish to get NSTX jscp files for use with jScope. These are on the
PPPL Linux Cluster in the /p/nstxusr/util/jscp directory.
To test your installation of MDSplus, run: "jScope wfplus.jscp" (whatever
scope file you have) and enter a valid shot number, like 130000.
If you would also like to install IDL on your Mac, see
by: Bill Davis