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Getting started

Since I (Marc) start right know with EPICS a good point to get some knowledge about EPICS is:
EPICS Lecture Series
More GSI specific stuff will be published as soon as there is something running.

After reading a lot of stuff follow the installation instructructions below. (Please note: This is work in Progress and heavily changing from day to day!)

First installation

1) Download EPICS base...
... from: EPICS Base download. I took: baseR3.14.7.tar.gz which was the newest one (06.07.2005).

General documentation of the EPICS base see R3-14 Base Documentation.
I used HowToPC104 as a guideline. BUT: this is based on an installation on a [[][PC104].

2) Preperations for the first compilation

Unpack baseR3.14.7.tar.gz. (tar -xvzf baseR3.14.7.tar.gz) in a directory wherever

Read under: wherever /base-3.14.7/documentation the README.1st.
In order to set the EPICS_HOST_ARCH enviroment variable use: wherever /base-3.14.7/startup/EpicsHostArch. This gives what needs to be set in this variable. On a GSI Linux groupserver this gives: linux-x86.

I used as wherever /usr/src/. Later checks will show whether this was a good choice... will be used as the localisation of the GSI EPICS installations. Up to know the only entry is:
export EPICS_HOST_ARCH=linux-x86
a more sophisticated setup script will develop with time. In order to source the file type: . ./ (the DOT and the space are important!)

3) type make in wherever /base-3.14.7/ the compilation runs... (take a coffee)

The executables are stored in wherever /bin/linux-x86.

last change: -- MarcRStockmeier - 06 Jul 2005

EPICS is already in production for the HADES SlowControl System. A copy of this original web with more recent information can be found at

-- HolgerBrand - 07 Jun 2005

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