3 Getting started

CURSA is an optional Starlink software item. Before proceeding you should check with your local site manager whether it is installed at your site, and if not attempt to persuade him to install it. If CURSA is installed at your site the following directory should exist:


The procedure to set up for using CURSA is the same on all the variants of Unix supported by Starlink. Simply type:

  % cursa

The following message should appear:

  CURSA commands are now available -- (Version 6.3)

If it does not, then the probable cause is that CURSA is not installed correctly at your site; check with your local site manager.

You do not need any special quotas or privileges to use CURSA. However, obviously, you need enough disk space to accommodate any catalogues that you might use and any output files that you might create.