IRAF V2.11BETA Release Now Available
(June 30, 1997)
IRAF V2.11BETA, for SunOS and Sun Solaris, is now available from the IRAF
FTP archives at iraf.noao.edu
in the /pub/v211-beta directory. This is a
BETA release of V2.11; the final (EXPORT) V2.11 distribution for SunOS and
Solaris will be available in mid-August,
with other platforms following throughout
the fall. V2.11BETA is being released primarily for sites that will be
downloading the new version of STSDAS to provide support for STIS and NICMOS
pipeline reductions. Sites that are not planning to install the new version
of STSDAS are encouraged to wait for the final release of V2.11 in July to
avoid having to do another IRAF installation at that time and to take
advantage of the more exhaustive testing and more detailed documentation that
will be provided with the export release. Since this is a BETA release
modifications can be expected in the final version, primarily fixes for bugs
found during the beta test period.
The major highlights of V2.11BETA include:
V2.11 contains many other changes and many important revisions. A short
summary of release notes for IRAF V2.11BETA is available on the Web at
http://iraf.noao.edu/v211beta.html, or in the v211-beta distribution
directory as the text file "release.notes". More detailed release notes will
be available with the final release of V2.11.
- A single installation of Sun/IRAF will now simultaneously support both SunOS and Solaris.
- The FITS image kernel has been installed. What this means is that IRAF
tasks can now read and write FITS files directly at runtime. Besides
support for classical FITS imagefiles, the new FITS kernel also
supports multi-extension FITS files: several FITS files packed into
one FITS image with a PHU (Primary Header Unit) that contains global
header information shared by the images or other extensions in the
file. Other changes have been made in DATAIO and elsewhere to improve
support for FITS format data. The native IRAF image format (.imh
extension) now provides a machine independent image format.
- The contents of several former layered packages and tasks are now part
of the standard IRAF distribution. There are over 80 new tasks in
V2.11 including those tasks from the IMMATCH, VOL, IMCNV, and NMISC packages.
- The default graphics fonts for plotter output have been enhanced to
provide more nearly publication-quality graphics output.
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V2.11 PUBLIC BETA TEST RELEASE
June 30, 1997
V2.11BETA is a beta test release, meaning that it is complete and has
undergone basic testing, but hasn't had the minimum of severals weeks of
burn-in testing required for a normal export release. To save labor we are
making the beta version available only for Sun platforms (this is not
because we wish to favor Sun, but because the major IRAF development sites
use Suns internally as their main development platform). The V2.11EXPORT
release, expected to be available in several weeks after testing is
complete, will eventually be available for all IRAF platforms.
README This file
as.ssol.gen.Z "all sources" compressed tar file
ib.sos4.sun.Z CORE system binaries for SunOS
ib.ssol.sun.Z CORE system binaries for Solaris
nb.sos4.sun.Z NOAO package binaries for SunOS
nb.ssol.sun.Z NOAO package binaries for SunOS
release.notes User revisions summary for V2.11BETA
notes.v211 System notes file (detailed/technical)
To install the system you need the AS file and at least one set of binaries,
either the sos4 binaries (SunOS) or ssol (Solaris), or both if your server
supports both types of clients.
THIS IS A BETA RELEASE. Although the system has undergone initial
testing, bugs, some potentially serious, are possible. This is also a
major release and compatibility with earlier versions of IRAF is not
assured; see the release notes and system notes file for details. It may
be advisable to install this beta version of IRAF for experimental use
before replacing your production version of IRAF. Please report any bugs
so that we can fix them in the EXPORT V2.11 release.
Last updated: 12Mar1997