Starlink Software Collection - Download and Install 2014A

2014A release notes

Four distributions of the 2014A release of the Starlink Software Collection are available:

The above Linux distribution is built on glibc 2.5. Older versions of glibc will not work and are currently not supported. To check your glibc version, type "rpm -qi glibc" on RedHat-related distributions.

To check the MD5 checksum of your downloaded file, run either the md5sum, md5, or md5deep command, depending on which you have installed.

Parties interested in releases for other platforms (i.e. Solaris, SnowLeopard) can email <stardev AT SPAMFREE jach DOT hawaii DOT edu>. Please note that the Joint Astronomy Centre only runs Linux operationally and can only devote time and resources to Linux builds; all others (including those not listed here) are supported on a best-efforts basis. For those users still at CentOS 5 or equivalent Linux a nightly build of the cutting-edge version is still available.

Installation instructions


The tar file will unzip into a star-2014A/ directory in the directory where you downloaded the tar file. This release can be placed anywhere. When using the software, set the STARLINK_DIR environment variable to the location of the star-2014A/ directory, i.e. if you had unzipped it into a /home/perso/software directory, then the STARLINK_DIR environment variable would be set to /home/person/software/star-2014A.

On some systems you may need the library. On Fedora Core (and presumably all Red Hat-derivative systems) this can be found in the compat-gcc-32 RPM. On Ubuntu (and presumably all Debian-derivative systems) this can be found in the libg2c0 package.

The 64-bit release requires glibc 2.5 and fairly recent versions of the X11 libraries (7.1 or higher). An up-to-date Gentoo, Fedora Core 6, or OpenSUSE 11, Mint are distributions that are known to work. We welcome reports of successful installation on other distros.


The tar file will unzip into a star-2014A directory in the directory where you downloaded the tar file. This should be copied to a /star-2014A directory, or have a /star-2014A softlink pointing to the installation location.

An up-to-date XQuartz X11 distribution must be installed. This can be found here: <>. If you have previously installed this software, please ensure it is up to date.

The OS X builds were done using HPC gfortran, and as such a gfortran library is needed. To get this library, download and install HPC gfortran <>

MOUNTAIN LION USERS: there are currently two different versions of gfortran on this HPC site which you can install. The Mavericks build depends on the Mavericks/Mountain Lion gfortran Version 4.8 from that site. If you install the Mountain Lion/Lion gfortran Version 4.7 you will need to install the Lion version of Starlink.

We have a dependency on libjpeg, and the libjpeg.dylib will need to be placed in /usr/local/lib/ on your computer. This can be installed to this location using homebrew <>, or manually copied to /usr/local/lib/ if it is already installed.

Post-installation Run-up

To set up your environment for use with the Starlink Software Collection, first set the STARLINK_DIR environment variable to the location of the star-2014/ directory. For example, if you downloaded the tarball to /home/person/software and unzipped it there, the STARLINK_DIR environment variable to /home/person/software/star-2014A. It is recommended that you edit the star-2014A/etc/login, star-2014A/etc/cshrc and star-2014A/etc/profile files to set this environment variable at the top of each file.

To use the Starlink Software Collection on csh and related shells (like tcsh), source $STARLINK_DIR/etc/login and $STARLINK_DIR/etc/cshrc. On sh and related shells (like bash), source $STARLINK_DIR/etc/profile.


Because of the large size of WFCAM calibration files, they have been split off from the main download tarballs, as not everybody will be reducing WFCAM data using ORAC-DR. These calibrations can be downloaded here (901MB .tar.gz). The tar file will unzip into a wfcam/ directory in the directory you downloaded the tar file to. To install these calibration files, copy the directory into the $STARLINK_DIR/bin/oracdr/cal/ directory, thus creating the $STARLINK_DIR/bin/oracdr/cal/wfcam/ directory containing the calibration files.

This file has not changed for the 2014A release, so if you downloaded it for intervening releases after the lehuakona release, you need not download it again.