The second problem only affects CIMA version 3.1 where the new
conditional function 'ISOK' was mixed up with the old 'ISUP' leaving
none of them working. This has also been fixed. The version number of
the 'Smart' version of CIMA was increased to 3.1.04 after the fixes.
29 December 2008: Upgraded restart of chat window in remote sessions
(Versions 3.0 and 3.1)
The automatic restart of a closed or killed chat window in CIMA
version 3.1 (called 'smart') has been improved to be more
reliable. The normal version of CIMA (version 3.0) has been upgraded
to include the same code. The CIMA version numbers were increased to
3.0.10 and 3.1.02 after the upgrade.
22 December 2008: Restart of chat window in remote sessions (Version 3.1)
The automatic restart of a closed or killed chat window has been
implemented in the "smart" version of CIMA (3.1). If the chat window
is closed or disappears, CIMA will restart it within 30 seconds. The
CIMA version number was increased to 3.1.01 after the upgrade.
16 December 2008: CIMA version 3.1 (called "Smart") installed
Version 3.1 of CIMA called "Smart" has been officially released. Among
the new features are better support of the Mock spectrometer for ALFA
observations, some new options for the use of winking cal and
continuous data taking for all spectral line observing modes, some new
command file features as well as the new smart basketweaving observing
mode. You can read about the new version here.
6 November 2008: WAPP software upgrade
The CIMA WAPP software was upgraded to remove several annoying warning
messages. The WARNING messages for the duplicate AGC-data block and
possible interpolations/extrapolations of the telescope position are
now presented as INFO messages. Also, the chip count errors are only
reported to the log file, unless they are larger than 5
samples. Another change was to allow the WAPP software to update the
FITS-header keywords 'OBSMODE', 'SCANTYPE', 'PATTERN_ID' and 'SCAN_ID'
dynamically during continuous data taking (a new capability that will
be introduced in CIMA 3.1). The CIMA WAPP software called 'Dual' was
renumbered to 1.4.15 after the upgrade.
27 October 2008: New default version of CIMA
The 'Normal' version of CIMA (version 2.2) has been renamed
'Old'. Version 'Next' (version 3.0) has become the new 'Normal'
version. NOTE the incompatibility issues between version 3.0 and
the previous versions of CIMA! Observers using 2.2 and earlier
versions of CIMA are advised to consider the following four points:
clear_cimascript, so that from now on
clear_cimawill send an abort command to CIMA and then wait 10 seconds for CIMA to shut down properly. This has become necessary since certain pulsar observers have got into a habit of leaving CIMA running and finishing their session by having the
clear_cimascript run to kill CIMA. While this surely kills CIMA, it doesn't tell the WAPPs to stop and there has been occasions when the following project has run into trouble because the WAPPs were still busy taking pulsar data. With the modification CIMA will be given enough time to stop the WAPPs and terminate the observing session properly. The 'abort' command is only sent when
clear_cimais used to kill an on-line CIMA session. In the unlikely case that CIMA really is hanging and the attempt to send an 'abort' command prevents
clear_cimafrom killing CIMA, the 'abort' command can be skipped by running
clear_cimawith the '-f' flag. The version number of the 'Normal' version of CIMA was increased to 2.2.28 after the upgrade.
wapp_split' has been installed on '
/home/cima/bin'. This program is for pulsar observers who want to separate the two ALFA beams or the two dual board data streams from the WAPP pulsar files. It replaces the old '
/share/wappsrc/utility/alfasplit' program that only can deal with ALFA dual board data.
aostatus' located at '
/home/aoui/bin/aostatus' has been disabled. The new version is located at '
/home/cima/bin/aostatus'. The '
aostatus' links from '
/usr/local/bin' have been updated to point to the new version. If You have '
/usr/local/bin' in Your path, You will get the new version automatically if You just type '
hcorcal' is now the default calibration type in CIMA. The ALFA calibration types have been renamed from '
hcal' and '
lcal' to '
hcorcal' and '
lcorcal', respectively. The small text-based monitor has lost a bit of its functionality due to changes made to the SCRAM broadcasts. There has also been some modifications to make the 2.2 version compatible with some auxiliary programs that are going to be introduced in the new version of CIMA. The version number was increased to 2.2.22 after the upgrade.
aostatus' program producing the big black display with observing information and a graphic display of the telescope has been moved into CIMA. The new code is located at '
/home/cima/bin/aostatus'. The old code at '
/home/aoui/bin/aostatus' is still available but will soon be removed. NOTE that the old code, no longer displays project-ID, source name, backend, scan number or seconds remaining. Also, the rest frequencies will be incorrect when CIMA is running.
'velocity(optical)'system when using dual position switching with the interim correlator was updated to include the second-order term as described by the PostScript document from 8 February below. Note that for dual position switching, Doppler calculations are done by CIMA, so the column for the interim correlator in this document does not apply. The CIMA version number was increased to 2.2.18 after the fix.
wapp_watch) has been installed on all WAPPs. This watch dog periodically checks if all parts of the WAPP software is running. The watch dog will report a WAPP failure and try to restart the WAPP, if some program has crashed. The CIMA WAPP software version number was increased to 1.2.05 after the upgrade. This change affects all CIMA versions, which needed a small modification to receive a new type of message from the watch dog. The CIMA version numbers for the historic, old and normal versions were increased to 2.0.09, 2.1.20 and 2.2.12, respectively.
/home/cima/Wapp/Bin/Progs/Start/start_gpib. The CIMA version numbers for the historic, old and normal versions were increased to 2.0.08, 2.1.19 and 2.2.11, respectively.
.gui-file or a
.iflo-file which contains the word "MHz" in the variables
iflo(bwN)where 'N' is 0, 1, 2 or 3. It also occur if You have used a
.wapp-file and done a reconfiguration of the IF/LO-setup AFTER You loaded the
.wapp-file. This problem has been patched and the CIMA version number was increased to 2.2.10.
To see the full announcement, click here.
27 September 2006: WAPP pulsar file name fix (Version 2.2)
When run in pulsar mode, CIMA queries WAPP-1 for the sequence number
for the next file. If the WAPPs would get out of synch for some reason
so that there are files with higher sequence numbers on other WAPPs,
CIMA will end up in a state where it is impossible to take any further
data since those other WAPPs will complain about the sequence number
being used. CIMA has now been modified to query all selected WAPPs to
avoid this problem. The CIMA version number was increased to 2.2.09
after this fix.
5 July 2006: Raise of chat window (Version 2.2)
The chat window for remote observers has been modified so that it is
raised on top of all other windows every time a new message
arrives. The CIMA version number was increased to 2.2.06 after this
23 June 2006: New default version of CIMA
The 'Normal' version of CIMA (version 2.1) has been renamed
'Old'. Version 'Capable' (version 2.2) has become the new 'Normal'
version. The version called 'Old' (version 2.0) has been renamed
23 June 2006: New basketweaving mode introduced (Version 2.2)
A new basketweaving mode has been introduced that runs in true Az/ZA
coordinates. It uses the same interface as the old basketweave
routine, and the observer selects which version to use with a new
option. When using the new true Az/ZA mode, the 'Start RA'
and 'RA rate' options are ignored. The new mode can only be run on the
meridian. The CIMA version number was increased to 2.2.05 after this
23 June 2006: Fix of cross calibration printing bug (Version 2.2)
The postscript file generated by the cross calibration routine
contained a bad header which fooled the printer to print it as text
wasting huge amounts of papaer. This bug has been fixed in version
15 June 2006: Lastcimalog made more robust (Versions 2.1 and 2.2)
lastcimalog program has been made more robust to
avoid it from crashing or hanging if there are problems with the
graphic display. The CIMA version numbers were increased to 2.1.18 and
2.2.04 after the upgrade.
9 June 2006: PULSARCATCALOBS offset bug (Version 2.2)
An early abort of
PULSARCATCALOBS could leave a telescope
offset in the system. This bug has been fixed and the CIMA version
number was increased to 2.2.03 after this modification.
5 June 2006: Pulsar file name change (Version 2.2)
The scheme for file names for pulsar calibrations have been
changed. So far the files have been named with the source name for the
on-position and the source name with an added suffix like '_north'
or '_east' for any offset position. This has been changed so that all
calibration files regardless of whether they are taken on-source or
off-source have the same name which is the source name with the suffix
'cal' added. The version number was increased to 2.2.01 after this
25 May 2006: CIMA version 2.2 installed
A new version of CIMA has been installed. It is currently called
'capable' and its version number is 2.2. It includes the new ALFA sky
angle tracking, several new observing modes and several new commands
for command file observing as well as some minor additions and bug
fixes. For a full description of all modifications, see the CIMA
25 May 2006: CIMA version 1.2.03 removed
The old CIMA version 1.2.03 which has been called 'ancient' has been
22 May 2006: Correction of quick look and ALFA log windows (Version 2.1)
The data quick look facility as well as the ALFA engineering log
display have been using some internal Tcl/Tk code for configuring
slide bars. This code is no longer available in Tcl/Tk 8.4. These two
programs have been now been modified so that they can run under the
newer version of Tcl/Tk as well. The CIMA version number has been
increased to 2.1.15 after this fix.
9 May 2006: Move of remote chat window (Version 2.1)
The chat window for remote observers have been centered on the screen,
sometimes hiding the CIMA start-up window for remote observers. The
centering has been removed and the CIMA version number has been
increased to 2.1.14.
9 May 2006: New command to watch the current CIMA log (Version 2.1)
A new command '
lastcimalog' has been added to the CIMA
system. This command opens up a window similar to the log window shown
while observing with CIMA. It is not showing the same things though,
since this window reads what is written in the log-file. It thus
provides more information than the regular observing log window. It
can be used to monitor progress or trouble-shoot problems. This window
has been added to the operators' console so that they can see the log
when dealing with problems for remote observers.
8 May 2006: CIMA version 1.1.00 removed
Jeff's old version of CIMA which has been called version 1.1.00
'Original' has been removed.
24 April 2006: Emails sent from CIMA in off-line mode (Version 2.1)
CIMA has been upgraded so that you could send CIMA comments and RFI
reports also from an off-line session running on a Linux machine. The
version number was increased to 2.1.13 after the modification.
20 April 2006: Interim correlator abort and time-outs improved
The code for aborting the interim correlator was improved. Also,
time-outs have been improved to deal with the radar blanker. The
version number was increased to 2.1.12 after the modification.
12 April 2006: Two window bugs corrected (Version 2.1)
Two window bugs were corrected in CIMA version 2.1. One of them was to
avoid CIMA to believe it was started as a remote session if it was
launched from the right-hand screen on observer2. The other one was a
window positioning command used in the telescope offset window that
has caused problems for remote observers. The version number was
increased to 2.1.11 after the modification.
11 April 2006: Frequency bug corrected (Version 2.1)
A bug that could make CIMA choose the wrong rest frequency for the
WAPPs if it was far away from the center frequency has been
corrected. The correction affects CIMA version 2.1 as well as the
software running on the WAPPs. (Since this bug was technically
speaking not part of CIMA but of the CIMA WAPP software, the version
number of CIMA was not increased.)
22 March 2006: Snap available on dataview (all versions)
The pulsar quick-look facility
snap can now be run on
dataview. Up until now it has only been possible to run
it on one of the WAPPs although there has been an entry for dataview
in the pulsar menu.
16 March 2006: Telescope offset and pulsar observation bug fixes (Version 2.1)
Several bugs have been fixed in the 'normal' version of CIMA which had
its version number increased to 2.1.09 after these modifications. Bugs
related to the polyco-based folding and to the use of the
'PULSARCATOBS' command were fixed as well as bugs related to the
selection of telescope pointing offsets. Pointing offsets are now
removed whenever a new receiver is selected (which is not the case in
older versions of CIMA). Also the button 'Clear offsets' will now
actually tell the telescope to remove the offsets. In earlier versions
of CIMA, the numbers in the menu were changed to zero but the observer
then had to click on 'Apply telescope pointing offsets' to actually
tell the telescope to remove the offsets.
7 February 2006: New default version of CIMA
The 'Normal' version of CIMA (version 2.0) has been renamed
'Old'. Version 'Evolved' (version 2.1) has become the new 'Normal'
version. The version called 'Stable' (version 1.2.03) has been renamed
NOTE that the syntax has changed in version 2.1 for command
file observing as well as for pulsar catalog observing (the latter has
been merged with the command file observing). All command file
observers should thus study the new CIMA command
file observing page carefully and adapt their command files
(pulsar catalog files) before using CIMA version 2.1.
6 February 2006: Restoration of velocity defaults (Version 2.1)
The change on 5 December 2005 to use the default values
the velocity frame and velocity type if nothing is specified in the
source file has been taken back when selecting sources interactively
in the 'evolved' version of CIMA. Whatever selected in the pointing
window will thus remain as the default whenever a new source is
selected. The mentioned default values are, however, used when source
files are read in command file mode, so any source file used for
command file observing should thus have these parameters
specified (unless the default is OK). The same rule also applies to
standard ONs which use a source catalog. A number of warning messages
were also added to the 'evolved' version which had its version number
increased to 2.1.08 after these modifications.
18 January 2006: New Doppler options for RA/Dec and Dec/RA mapping
Two new options for Doppler correction of interim correlator RA/Dec
and Dec/RA mapping were added: 'odd strips only' and 'even strips
only'. At the same time the non-working option 'first strip' was
removed. The CIMA version number for the 'evolved' version was
increased to 2.1.07 after the upgrade.
16 January 2006: Basketweaving time limit removed (Version 2.1)
The limit in the basketweave routine that started observations
immediately if the wait is more than 1 hour has been removed. The CIMA
version number for the 'evolved' version was increased to 2.1.06 in
this upgrade that also included adding a data flushing command to the
'Restart WAPP' sequence.
10 January 2006: CIMA mini-upgrade (Version 2.1)
A few modifications and some bug fixes were added to the 'evolved'
version of CIMA which had its version number increased to 2.1.05. Two
new commands for making command file observing with the interim
correlator were added:
NEWICORRFILE. An option to select filterbank for ALFA has
been added (Note though that
rxview, the graphic IF/LO
set-up display, does not yet show the selected band). A couple of
swapped labels in the basketweave menu have been corrected.
22 December 2005: CIMA mini-upgrade (Version 2.1)
A couple of modifications were added to the 'evolved' version of CIMA
which had its version number increased to 2.1.04. Double Position
Switching and the Run Correlator modes for the interim correlator
could earlier only handle correlator cycle times (integration times)
of 1 second. This has now been fixed. Error messages have been added
to several other observing modes that can't handle interim correlator
dump times less than 1 second (standard on, standard on/off, drift map
and ephemeris tracking). There is now an 'Adjust Correlator Power'
button in the back-end menu (replacing the old 'Adjust Power' button
for WAPP since 'Adjust Power' is available from the observing
menu). The difference between 'Adjust Power' and 'Adjust Correlator
Power' is that the latter only adjusts the correlator power levels
while the former also adjusts the power for IF1 and IF2. Observers who
manually set up the IF1 and IF2 power levels should thus use the
'Adjust Correlator Power' button (and disable power adjustments in
their observing mode). The preferences are now listed to the log
file. The executive log window has been made wider, since many lines
written to the log is longer than 80 characters.
14 December 2005: CIMA mini-upgrade (Version 2.1)
Several modifications were added to the 'evolved' version of CIMA
which had its version number increased to 2.1.03. The WAPP power
levels are now written to the log when the power is adjusted. A new
command has been added for command file observing:
GOTO command sends the telescope
to a source without waiting for it to reach the source. Options for
selecting filterbank for the 430 MHz Greogorian receiver has been
added. Two new options have been added to fixed azimuth drift maps: a
velocity and a velocity frame specification. The veolcity type for
fixed azimuth drift maps is hard-coded to be
'velocity(optical)'. Also the tracking command for this
observing mode is now sent before the ALFA rotation command to allow
them to run in parallel.
5 December 2005: Velocity defaults added for source lists (Version 2.1)
The parameters velocity frame and velocity type was never read from
the source file in pulsar mode. These values were instead hard-coded
'velocity(optical)'. This has now been changed so that
these values are default values to be used if the source file does not
contain any explicit velocity frame and velocity type. This change
also affects spectral line observing since these defaults, as well as
a default velocity of zero, now are applied automatically whenever the
information is not given in the source file. Earlier the previously
set values were just retained in spectral line mode. The version
number was increased to 2.1.02 after this modification. NOTE:
users of values other than
'velocity(optical)' who don't have specified the
velocity frame and velocity type in their catalog files probably want
to add those values to their catalogs to avoid having to reselect them
when changing source. (See entry for 6 February 2006 for further
5 December 2005: News when selecting CIMA version (all versions)
A news box is now shown when the CIMA selection menu comes up. This
box contains some important pieces of information and recommendations
on the selection of CIMA version. It is printed above the menu when
cima --V' is used and below the menu in the graphical
menu produced by '
cima --X'. The versions in the menu are
now sorted in version order with the latest version coming first. Test
versions are separated from the official versions by an empty line.
1 December 2005: CIMA mini-upgrade (Version 2.1)
A set of 12 modifications were added to the 'evolved' version of CIMA
which had its version number increased to 2.1.01. The 'Dec/Ra' mapping
mode now accepts the option to adjust the power before starting the
mapping. The size of the interim correlator file is now shown in the
observation status window. The size is also written to the log-file
together with the file name whenever interim correlator data is moved
to a new file. The azimuth and zenith angle is written to the log-file
when a Tsys is made. The 'End' button that was renamed 'Break' with
the introduction of version 2.1 has been renamed to 'Stop'. The
spectral line observing menu now has the same six buttons both when
the WAPPs and when the interim correlator is used. The two buttons
'Move data' and 'New FITS-file' have been merged to one button called
'New file'. A 'Stop' button has been added and there is now also an
'Adjust power' button for the interim correlator. Several important
warning messages have been added to the system.
16 November 2005: CIMA version 2.1 installed
A new major revision of CIMA has been installed. It is currently
called 'evolved' and has the version number 2.1. It includes a new
command file observing facility, better support of the observation
status window, improved busy and abort handling, better error handling
as well as a number of bug fixes. For a full description of all
modifications, see the CIMA
23 October 2005: Multiple loop bug in smart frequency switching fixed
In CIMA version 2.0, the smart frequency switching would only run
once even if it was asked to run several loops. This bug has been
fixed and the version number has been increased to 2.0.06.
18 October 2005: 'Executive busy' changed to error message
The message given when the CIMA executive is busy has been changed
from being a warning message to be an error message.
28 September 2005: IDL spider scan bug fixed (Version 2.0)
A bug that has prevented IDL graphics for spider scans to be displayed
in CIMA version 2.0 has been fixed.
28 September 2005: ALFA parallactic angle bug fixed (Version 2.0)
A bug was found in one of the routines used to set the parallactic
angle for ALFA. The incorrect routine did not precess coordinates
before using them. This routine was used whenever an observer selected
a parallactic angle from the 'Pointing' menu, the command file
observing command 'PARAANGLE' and also by the ephemeris tracking
observing mode. No other observing modes were affected. The version
number has been increased to 2.0.05 after this bug was fixed.
20 September 2005: Option for IDL window added (Version 2.0)
A new option has been added to the preference menu which allows the
observer to select whether the big IDL graphics window should be
launched automatically when CIMA starts up or not. The default is
currently 'Yes'. If this option is set to 'No', the IDL graphics
window can be opened using the 'Enable Exec IDL' button in the 'IDL
Control' menu found in the 'User Preferences' main menu. The version
number has been increased to 2.0.04 after this addition.
19 September 2005: New default version of CIMA
The 'Normal' version of CIMA (version 1.2.03) has been renamed
'Stable'. Version 'Expanded' (version 2.0) has become the new 'Normal'
version. The version called 'Older' (version 1.2.02) has been removed.
14 September 2005: False alarms for hanging observations
The alarm for hanging observations would give false alarms for
standard pulsar observations. This has now been corrected for version
23 August 2005: Incorrect restart commands in CIMA (Version 2.0)
The buttons in the 'User Preferences' menu to restart various parts of
the CIMA system have been incorrect in the sense that they have not
passed on all the information needed for the restart. The executive,
for example, stopped writing to the log-files if it was
restarted. This has now been corrected for version 2.0.01. The problem
also exists in all earlier versions but is more benign for those
23 August 2005: Change of version numbering scheme
The early versions of CIMA have unfortunately got version numbers
which only differ in the third number (for example 1.2.02 and
1.2.03). From now on, starting with version 2.0.00, versions will only
be referred to with the first two numbers (for example 2.0),
while the third number will be incremented each time there is a
modification to that version. An overall description of the
differences between the different versions is given on the CIMA version
log page, while all the details are given either on this page or
on the CIMA
engineering log or the CIMAFITS log
6 July 2005: Fix of calibrator for interim correlator (Version 1.2.03 and
Phil discovered that CIMA incorrectly sets up the 25 Hz cal for use
when the interim correlator is selected. This has been corrected in
the versions 1.2.03 and 2.0.00.
28 June 2005: CIMA version 2.0.00 installed
A new major revision of CIMA has been installed. It is currently called
'expanded' and has the version number 2.0.00. It includes a new
observation status window, a new start-up sequence, new preferences,
better error handling, new options to some observing modes, better
logs, better support for off-line sessions as well as a number of bug
fixes. For a full description of all modifications, see the CIMA
The version of CIMA called 'Test' was removed since it was identical
to the 'normal' version.
31 May 2005: CIMA version description window
A button called '
Show version descriptions' has been added
to the CIMA version selection window. Clicking on this button will
produce a help page with brief descriptions of the currently available
versions of CIMA.
27 May 2005: Renaming of CIMA versions
The 'Normal' version of CIMA (version 1.2.02) has been renamed
'Older'. Version 'Test' (version 1.2.03) has become the new 'Normal'
25 May 2005: New directory for WAPP FITS-files (all versions)
The FITS-files generated by the WAPPs are now written to
/share/pserverf.sdb1/wappdata instead of
/share/pserverf.sda3/wappdata. However, the proper way to
access the files is not to remember this new address but to use
the generic address
/share/wappdata that contains links to
24 May 2005: Improved log messages (Version 1.2.03)
Log messages for several observing modes were improved, mostly for the
end of an observation.
24 May 2005: Fix of synchronization for basketweave and drift
chase modes (Version 1.2.03)
The fixes introduced on 22 February 2005 to correct for data
timestamping bugs on the WAPPs broke the synchronisation between
telescope movements and datataking with the WAPPs for two observing
modes: 'basketweave' and 'drift chase'. This has now been corrected in
the new version 1.2.03 of CIMA which currently is called 'test'. Users
of these two modes should not use any CIMA version earlier than
20 May 2005: Links to FITS-files (all versions)
The FITS-writer will now automatically put links in the directory
/share/wappdata pointing to the FITS-files written in
/share/pserverf.sda3/wappdata. The idea is that the user
should be able to access his/her data via a standard directory
/share/wappdata) without having to know on which disk
the data physically resides; this is important since data may be
written to different physical disks depending on availability of disk
10 May 2005: Renaming of CIMA versions
The 'Normal' version of CIMA (version 1.1.00) has been renamed
'Original'. Version 'New' (version 1.2.02) has become the new 'Normal'
version. The intermediate versions 'Improved' (version 1.2.00) and
'Test' (versions 1.2.01) have been removed. A new version 'Test' has
been installed, currently being identical to the new 'Normal' (version
10 May 2005: Correction of bug preventing use of user-defined
lay-outs (all versions)
A bug that prevented user-defined lay-outs to be used in the
quick-look and the ALFA data logger displays have been corrected in
all versions of CIMA.
9 May 2005: Interim correlator driftmap improvement (Version 1.2.02)
Driftmaps taken with the interim correlator can now start on any strip
- not just the first one as has been the case up until now.
9 May 2005: LST midnight roll-over bug (Version 1.2.02)
Several observing modes have been affected by a bug that can cause
CIMA to think that it has to wait 24 hours before it can proceed
during LST midnight roll-over. This bug is now fixed.
5 May 2005: Autoselection of correlator widget (Version 1.2.02)
CIMA has been improved to automatically select the proper correlator
widget depending on whether ALFA has been selected or not. Users of
ALFA will thus reach the correct widget directly when clicking on
4 May 2005: New command file command 'WAPPCONFIG' (Version 1.2.02)
A new command file command
WAPPCONFIG to configure the
WAPPs have been added. This command has to be run after a
LOADIF command. Also, the CIMA frontend windows for
receiver and IF/LO set-up will now be updated when the
LOADIF command is run.
2 May 2005: Improvement of command file observing (Version 1.2.02)
The command file line numbers reported while running a command file
observation have been corrected. Each line executed from the file will
also be echoed in the log window and the log file. The broken command
NEWFITSFILE to generate a new FITS-file has been fixed.
2 May 2005: New buttons (Version 1.2.02)
Buttons to stop the telescope and to release it again have been added
to the pointing widget. The '
Stop telescope' button can be
used as an emergency stop to stop the telescope from moving. The
telescope will start moving again when you select a new source from
the pointing widget and press the
button. Otherwise, use the '
Release telescope' button to
release the telescope from being held - the telescope will then
continue to where it was going when you stopped it. Buttons to adjust
the power levels and start a new FITS-file have been added to all the
spectral line observation widgets when the WAPP is used as the
29 April 2005: New pulsar galactic coordinate mapping mode
A new mapping mode for pulsar observations using galactic coordinates
have been added, although it has not yet been fully tested.
27 April 2005: Different versions of ALFA fixed azimuth drift mapping
merged (Version 1.2.02)
The three versions of the ALFA fixed azimuth drift map into one single
version. The alternative versions located at
j2000_drift.tcl are thus
no longer needed.
26 April 2005: Comment widget fixed (Version 1.2.02)
The widget to write a comment directly to the CIMA log file has been
corrected so that it always works. It used to work only when
the executive was busy.
25 April 2005: Version numbers added to CIMA
Version numbers were added to the various CIMA versions. This will
make it easier to keep track of which versions have a desired
feature. Modifications introduced in an earlier version are always
kept in all later versions unless something else is explicitly
stated. Version selection is still done via the version names, but
version names will change over time (i.e. a version called
new now will most certainly be old half a year from
21 April 2005: Added interim correlator 0.5 second mode
A 0.5 second integration mode for the interim correlator has been
added to the CIMA version 'test'. Also, the 30 second integration
options for the WAPPs have been removed since it does not work
18 April 2005: Fix of selections from lists in CIMA
A problem when selecting items from lists when CIMA is run off-line on
computers with newer versions of Tcl/Tk have been fixed.
18 April 2005: New ephemeris tracking mode and new pulsar RA/Dec mapping
The 'improved' version of CIMA contains two new observing modes: a
pulsar RA/Dec mapping mode (similar to the already existing Az/ZA
mapping mode) and the spectral line ephemeris tracking mode providing
"Standard ONs" for a non-stationary source with proper Doppler
correction and support of ALFA rotation. The ephemeris tracking should
support both the WAPPs and the interim correlator, but the latter has
not been properly tested.
18 April 2005: Move of CIMA
The CIMA observing interface previously located in
/home/aoui/bin has been moved to
/home/cima/bin. This will not really affect anyone, since
most people usually launch CIMA either via a menu or by just typing
cima' which invokes a symbolic link set up in
/usr/local/bin. For Sun users the link used to be in
/usr/S2local/bin, but has now been moved over to
CIMA is now launched via the CIMA version selection system described
below. Use '
cima --X' to interactively select which CIMA
version to use or set up a default with the '
--X' command. When CIMA is launched from 'dtusr' on 'observer2'
it will ignore any default setting and always ask for the version.
There are currently three CIMA versions available:
/home/aoui/alfa/Testhave been moved to
/home/cima/bin. Links to most programs of interest to the normal user has been added to
/usr/local/binwhich means that most users don't have to bother about the path to the software any longer, but can just type the name of the program they want to start.
The following programs are available:
alfabeamwin: shows the current ALFA beam positions on the sky (numerical values displayed are approximative)
alfadatawin: launches the data quick-look display (can still only be run on 'dataview')
alfalogwin: launches the ALFA engineering data log display facility
alfamonwin: launches the ALFA engineering monitor
alfamotorwin: shows and controls the ALFA rotation
alfaobswin: displays the WAPP power levels
alfastatwin: displays a summary of the ALFA engineering monitor (alfamonwin)
You have not selected which version of CIMA You want to use.
I will thus select the 'normal' version of CIMA for You.
Use the command 'select_cima' to set up a default version of CIMA or use
one of the '--' options (use '--h' for help) to select a certain version.
As the annoying text indicates, running '
select_cima --X' allows you to select which version you
want as your default version and will reduce the annoying message to a
single line telling you which version you are using.
When running a command from the command line, you can specify which version you want to use by adding a proper argument. As an example:
alfabeamwin' will launch the default version (or the 'normal' version if no default is set)
alfabeamwin --v n[ormal]' will launch the 'normal' version (version names can be abbreviated as long as they are unique)
alfabeamwin --V' will give you a text-based menu to choose from
alfabeamwin --X' will give you an X-windows menu to choose from
alfabeamwin --h' will describe the possible arguments
--' instead of just '
-' for the selection arguments is to separate those general arguments (which all CIMA programs understand) from program specific arguments.
The main menu on 'dataview' has been changed, so that a window will
pop up asking you for the version you want each time you select one of
the programs, until you use '
select_cima' (or 'Select
CIMA Version' in the menu) to select a default version. The only
program in the menu that will always ask for a version regardless of
whether you have selected a default or not is 'CIMA offline'.
Note though that the command '
cima' and the version of
CIMA used on 'observer2' does not yet use the CIMA version selection
17 December 2004: Move of log-files
All log files from CIMA that previously have ended up in
/home/aoui/develop/log have been moved to the new area
/home/cima/Logs. The new area is divided into several
subdirectories and the ones that are used as a replacement for
22 November 2004: New command file command 'PARAANGLE'
The command '
PARAANGLE angle' to set the
parallactic angle for ALFA was added for command file observations.
18 November 2004: S-band narrow shutter control
The missing call to control the shutter for S-band narrow observations
12 November 2004: Driftchase
The final version for driftchasing tried out by the ultra-deep people
31 October 2004: Correction of third leg in spider scans
The third leg in spider scans has not been set up correctly. Phil
fixed the problem.