Installing and updating
The following commands should be entered at the command line, usually with a program called something like
Terminal. Incidentally, if you are using OS X, I recommend iTerm2 as a good terminal to work with.
Install Python and necessary packages using your operating system package manager, or get Anaconda. Once you have Python installed, run the following commands in a terminal.
cd ~ git clone https://github.com/tfgg/magres-format.git cd magres-format python setup.py install --user
If you have trouble with this, there are more detailed instructions below.
To update to the latest version,
cd into the
magres-format folder and run
git pull python setup.py install --user
MagresPython has been tested with Python versions 2.6 and 2.7 and will likely not work with other versions. You should have one of these available on your system; you can test this by running the
python command from the command line. For example,
$ python Python 2.7.4 (default, Sep 26 2013, 03:20:26) [GCC 4.7.3] on linux2 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. >>>
which gives a Python version of 2.7.4, which is fine.
An easy way to get Python and all of the necessary packages installed is the Anaconda distribution.
If not, you should find out how to get it, preferably by your operating system’s package manager, such as
apt on the Debian and Ubuntu flavours of Linux. If you are using a high-performance computing (HPC) facility, such as ARCHER, it may be available as a module that you can load.
MagresPython uses the
numpy Python module for some linear algebra computations. You may also find the
scipy modules helpful for following the tutorials and doing your own processing.
You can test if you have these modules by opening a
python shell and executing the
import commands, giving output similar to the following if successful.
$ python Python 2.7.4 (default, Sep 26 2013, 03:20:26) [GCC 4.7.3] on linux2 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. >>> import numpy >>> import matplotlib >>> import scipy
Only numpy is essential. If you are missing any modules, you can download these using the
pip Python package manager, your operating system package manager, or by loading modules on your HPC.
Downloading using git (recommended)
You can get the latest version of the library using the
git tool. This may not be installed by default on your system. In some appropriate directory run the following commands
git clone https://github.com/tfgg/magres-format.git cd magres-format
and then follow the rest of the installation process. This is the recommended way to get MagresPython as it will allow you to easily get future updates by running the
git pull command in the
Downloading the zip
git tool isn’t available, you can download using a command such as curl, which should be available on most systems. In some appropriate directory run the following commands
curl -L "https://github.com/tfgg/magres-format/archive/master.zip" -o "master.zip"
and then extract the zip file using the unzip command and cd into the extracted directory
unzip master.zip cd magres-format-master
Installing the library will give you access to the code and scripts from anywhere on your system. You will be able to import the
magres module into your Python code and run scripts such as
You can now install the library either system wide, which may need superuser privileges, or locally in your user directory, which may require modifying your
PATH environment variable. You could also install it in a virtual environment, which will isolate it from the rest of your Python system, reducing the chance of dependency clashes and generally keeping things clean.
To install system wide, in the directory that you downloaded and extracted the library to, run the following command
sudo python setup.py install
you may need to enter a password. If this fails, you may not have superuser privileges, in which case you will have to install locally.
Locally for your user
To install locally in your user directory, run the following command
python setup.py install --user
In a virtual environment
virtualenv and ensure that it is installed. Then, create a virtual environment directory inside your
cd magres-python virtualenv venv
Activate the virtual environment. You will need to do this every time you want to use MagresPython.
Now, install all the requirements and
pip install -r requirements.txt python setup.py install
You should now have a clean, isolated setup of MagresPython and its dependencies.
Setting up scripts and
You may be prompted to add your user
bin directory to your
PATH environment variable, or you may find that scripts aren’t executing properly. How you fix this depends on what shell you are using. To find out what shell you are using, run the following command
If the output is something like
/bin/bash, then you are running the
bash shell. If it is something like
/bin/tcsh then you are running the
tcsh shell. There are a number of other shells which I won’t cover here.
If you are using
bash, add the following line to your
If you are using
tcsh, add the following line to your
setenv PATH $HOME/.local/bin:$PATH
Once you have done this you should restart your terminal session.
Checking the installation
To check that the library is correctly installed you can try importing the
magres module and running a script. To check that the module is correctly imported, open a Python shell and execute
$ python Python 2.7.4 (default, Sep 26 2013, 03:20:26) [GCC 4.7.3] on linux2 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. >>> import magres
which should run without error.
To check a script, navigate to a directory, preferably with a calculation in it, and run the following comand in the terminal
which should output the help information for the