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How To: Install GAMIT/GLOBK on a VirtualBox VM using Vagrant

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  • A licence to use GAMIT/GLOBK and access to the source code on their password protected FTP server. See: http://www-gpsg.mit.edu/~simon/gtgk/
  • A good understanding of the UNIX command line.
  • You’ll need to have enough disk space on your Mac to install the virtual machine and space for your experiment.
  • A Mac with administrative access (Tested on Mavericks)
  • A good connection to the internet.
  • A couple of hours to complete the installation.

1) Install Vagrant and Virtual Box

2) Create a new virtual machine with Vagrant
  • Open a Terminal window
  • # mkdir gamit_vm
  • # cd gamit_vm
  • # vagrant init precise64 http://files.vagrantup.com/precise64.box ! Installs a 64-bit Ubuntu VM
  • IMPORTANT: Increase the available RAM to 1024 in Virtual Box before starting up the VM.
  • # vagrant up; vagrant ssh ! starts the VM and connects via ssh
  • Note: Vagrant will create a file in gamit_vm. To run vagrant again you'll need to return to the gamit_vm directory
  • Note: vagrant halt will shutdown the VM. See vagrant -h for more information.
3) Install the dependencies for GAMIT/GLOBK/TRACK
  • # sudo apt-get update 
  • # sudo apt-get install csh tcsh curl bc
  • # sudo apt-get install gfortran
  • # sudo apt-get install gmt ghostscript
  • # sudo apt-get install libx11-dev
  • # sudo apt-get install make

4) Create a directory and download GAMIT/GLOBK source code 

  • # mkdir ~/gamit
  • # cd ~/gamit
  • # wget --ftp-user=(must get from MIT) --ftp-password=(must get from MIT) ftp://chandler(dot)mit(dot)edu/updates/source/*
5) Compile GAMIT/GLOBK
  • # chmod 755 install*
  • The following three commands edit libraries/Makefile.config for installation on a 64-bit Ubuntu machine.
  • # sed -i.bak 's%X11LIBPATH /usr/lib/X11%X11LIBPATH /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu%g' ~/gamit/libraries/Makefile.config   
  • # sed -i.bak ’s%#CFLAGS = -g -DADD64BIT%CFLAGS = -g -DADD64BIT%g’ ~/gamit/libraries/Makefile.config      
  • # sed -i.bak ’s%OS_ID Linux 0001 3000% OS_ID Linux 0001 4000%g’ ~/gamit/libraries/Makefile.config
  • # ./install_software    
  • As the install_software script runs you'll need to answer yes to the initial configuration questions, then get a cup of coffee, it will take a while for GAMIT and GLOBK to compile.
  • If it fails durring installation, read the warnings and review the previous steps and make sure you're not missing any of the required dependencies.
  • Answer NO to the last question regarding creating a "gg" link (We’ll do that later)
6) Install GAMIT/GLOBK 
  • GAMIT/GLOBK relies on a link between your installation directory (/usr/local/gamit) and your home directory (~ or $HOME). 
  • The following commands add the required GAMIT/GLOBK directories to your path.
  • In this example we install GAMIT/GLOBK in "/usr/local/". 
  • # cd ~
  • # echo 'export PATH=$HOME/gg/com:$HOME/gg/kf/bin:$HOME/gg/gamit/bin:$PATH' >> .profile
  • # echo 'export HELP_DIR=$HOME/gg/help/' >> .profile
  • # echo 'export INSTITUTE=YOU' >> .profile
  • For a typical installation mv gamit directory to /usr/local/
  • # sudo mv gamit /usr/local
  • Link gg in your home directory to "/usr/local/gamit/".
  • # ln -s /usr/local/gamit gg
  • # source .profile    ! This cmd updates your current terminal window's path.
7) Download the Ocean Tidal Loading Grids from MIT
  • cd ~/gg/tables
  • wget ftp://everest(dot)mit(dot)edu/pub/GRIDS/otl_FES2004.grid    ! This is a very large file and takes a while to download.
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