Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 6 years ago

#831 accepted defect

Cactus FAQ is out of date

Reported by: Ian Hinder Owned by: dcastl2
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: Cactus website Version:
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The FAQ at is ancient and some of its content is irrelevant now. It would be nice for this to be revised before the next release.

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comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by Ian Hinder

What do people think about updating this for the upcoming release?

comment:2 Changed 7 years ago by dcastl2

Owner: set to dcastl2
Status: newaccepted

comment:3 Changed 7 years ago by dcastl2

For the time being, I have commented out the link. Let me know if there are any recently frequently-asked questions to update it with.

comment:4 Changed 7 years ago by dcastl2

The old FAQ is here:

I plan to take out the old material. The revised FAQ will reside at this URL.

Last edited 7 years ago by dcastl2 (previous) (diff)

comment:5 Changed 7 years ago by dcastl2

I've removed all references to CVS. Nothing else strikes me as outdated, however it may be helpful for someone with more knowledge of Cactus internals to browse through it also. If anyone would like a specific FAQ item removed, let me know.

comment:6 Changed 7 years ago by Frank Löffler

Milestone: ET_2012_05ET_2012_11

comment:7 Changed 6 years ago by Roland Haas

I would like to suggest a FAQ item concerning the interaction of environment variables and make. Something along the lines:

The compilation aborts with "error: /usr/lib/lib: No such file or directory". What is happening?

It is possible that there is an unintended interaction between options in your option list and environment variables. When using ExternalLibraries thorns, you should check that you do not have any environment variables <LIBRARY_NAME>_DIR set (eg. HDF5_DIR), since they will override settings in the option list. A typical example is "HDF5_DIR=/usr/lib" while Cactus would expect "HDF5_DIR=/usr". Most likely the options is set in your shell initialization files (.bashrc, .cshrc, .profile etc). To remove it permanently you will have to edit those files. For an ongoing session (or if the variable is set by the sysadmin) you can use "unset HDF5_DIR".

It might also be a good idea to regularly post the FAQ URL on the mailing list (say once a month). That might also serve as an incentive to keep it up to date.

comment:8 Changed 6 years ago by Frank Löffler

Milestone: ET_2012_11

Removing milestone as nobody will be working on this so close to the release.

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