|Pleinpot introduction||Programmer's manual||Users's manual||Installation manual|
The different tools available are:
Pleinpot is freely available under the termes of the GNU/GPL license.
The documentation is available either in man format callable from the
command line or in HTML.
PLEINPOT offers tools to support the work of astronomers, from the preparation of observations to the data analysis and to their publication in a database registered in the Virtual Observatory. It gives access to the HyperLeda database (to study the physics of galaxies) and provides programs to manage, reduce and analyse FITS data.
The pleinpot library counts more than 1000 documented routines which can be linked with a program written in Fortran or in C. They deal with user's interface, database access, FITS data access, data processing and fitting, graphic output. The library gather also a number of specialized astronomical functions to deal for example with celestial positions, Galactic extinction...
The two strongest present limitations are (1) a documentation which is not enough organized (it is hard to find which routine to use for a particular task), and (2) an unsufficient error handling (it is not always simple to understand the reason of an error).
|Version 1:||1985, PdP 11, Observatoire de Toulouse|
|Version 2:||1987, Vax 750, Observatoire de Toulouse|
|Version 3:||1989, Vax 8600, ESO/Garching|
|Version 4:||1994, UNIX/IBM, Observatoire de Lyon|
|Version 5:||1997, UNIX & LINUX, Observatoire de Lyon|
|Version 6:||1998, UNIX & LINUX, Observatoire de Lyon (readline)|
|Version 7:||1998/Dec, UNIX & LINUX, Observatoire de Lyon (fitsio)|
|Version 8.1:||2002/09/17, (include Postgres server)|
|Version 8.3:||2003/01/20, (LEDA on the Postgres server)|
|Version 8.5:||2003/05/09 (LEDA and Hypercat on the Postgres server)|
|Version 8.9:||2004/05/04 (uprade web module, first release of PLAPIS1)|
Several modules have been adapted from other systems, in particular from STII/CDCA (the historical origin of the system, image processing algorithms). The graphic driver xwgraph is due to G. Castagnoli, OHP. The driver for generating GIF output is based on the gd package, by Thomas Boutell. The cfitsio library (B. Pence) is used for all the accesses to FITS files. The celestial coordinates systems in images are handled with the wcs library
Many routines were written, improved or corrected by many contributors, in particular, Rumen Bogdanovski, Igor Chilingarian, J. Cuenot Emmanuel Davoust, Vladimir Georgiev, Regis Haigron, Isabelle Jegouzo, Sergey Koposov, Roch Mangenot, Jean-Luc Nieto, Sebastien Soilen and Ivan Zolotukhin
Some other pieces of software were borrowed to other packages and references to the authors are given, when those were identified. If anything breaks a license policy, this is not intentional, let it know to Philippe Prugniel.
The installation is almost GNU standard. In short, you will type:
mkdir $HOME/pleinpot; cd $HOME/pleinpot wget "http://www-obs.univ-lyon1.fr/hldfc/pleinpot_init.tar.gz" -O- | tar -xzf - unix/configure make install-whole
The user's manual describes how to use Pleinpot.
The programmes can be executed as command line (ie. the parameters are provided after the name of the program), or, if the parameters are not given on the command line, the user is prompted for their value.
The other major mode of operation is through an http server (cgi), as for the HyperLeda database.
The application programs are presented in: pleinpot_applications
The programmer's manual describes how to create programs in Fortran, C, Python, PHP or Perl.
Small examples are: patutorial and ctutorial.
We provide support if you have difficulties. In any case, we would appreciate to be informed of your use of PLEINPOT (prugniel at obs.univ-lyon1.fr).
In addition a small note to acknowledge the use of PLEINPOT in your publications would be welcome to help justify the extra-time spent to distribute the S/W. Please, keep us informed of what you are doing with PLEINPOT.
|Pleinpot documentation||(Sun Oct 29 22:23:34 CET 2017 )|