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Re: ferret on an Apple G3

Hi Brian,

As far as we know, noone has actually done the port to the G3 Mac, either
under MacOS or under Linux.

Under Linux the issues will be

  1. the availability of the support libraries (netCDF, HDF)
  2. the availability of a FORTRAN compiler

The Ferret source code is available and the job is in principle do-able,
but I
have no personal experience with linux on the G3 from which to comment
on how quickly it would go.

Under MacOS, we put some time into this about 5 years ago. We actually
had a working version of Ferret -- but the interface was too un-Mac to
distribute it. The problems on MacOS back then were:

  1. no Unix system call support or Xlib so the XGKS package wouldn't
  2. we found no other GKS library available on the Mac
  3. very poor command line input support from the OS

I cannot say how the more recent updates of the MacOS may (or may not)
have remedied these problems.

    - steve


Brian Gross wrote:

> Greetings. Is anyone running ferret on an Apple G3, under either MacOS
> or Linux?
> Thank you,
> Brian
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