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=== Note ===
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VisTrails now interfaces with apt directly via a Python API. This allows dynamic installation of necessary packages. As a result, you don't need to install any packages for the basic VisTrails install either. Just download the source and execute it with
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We are currently working on a new release of VisTrails, and we will upgrade our repositories to Ubuntu Feisty. These instructions work, but the version of VisTrails available in the repository is quite old. We currently recommend using the source tarball for Feisty systems.
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$ python vistrails.py
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=== VisTrails on Ubuntu Edgy ===
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and VisTrails should detect all necessary software and, if necessary, ask for your permission to install it.
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We have support for VisTrails on Ubuntu Edgy for the amd64 and i386 architectures. To install VisTrails, start Synaptic (the package manager)
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Click on Settings -> Repositories:
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[[Image:UbuntuSynapticRepositoriesWindow.png]]
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Then click on the third-party tab:
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[[Image:UbuntuSynapticRepositoriesThirdPartyWindow.png]]
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Your window might have slightly different entries, depending on what other repositories you're using. Click on Add, and paste the following line to the field:
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deb http://vgc.sci.utah.edu/ubuntu edgy main
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Now the window should look like something this, with the VGC repository added:
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[[Image:UbuntuSynapticRepositoriesThirdPartyWindowAfter.png]]
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Close the Settings window, and now a dialog will inform you that the repositories changed. This is expected. It will tell you to click "reload". Do so.
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Now VisTrails will be available for install. Click on the Search button, type vistrails:
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[[Image:UbuntuSynapticSearchVisTrails.png]]
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Now right-click on the vistrails line and Click on "Mark for Installation".
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The box on the left of the line should now be checked. Click on the Apply button on top. There will be a warning about unauthenticated packages. We're currently working on having a digital signature for all VGC packages, but this is currently unimplemented. Simply click on Mark. This will take you back to the original window. Click on Apply again, and then on Apply on the "Summary". A series of windows showing the download and installation progress will be displayed. At the end, simply close the Synaptic Package Manager, and now VisTrails is available on a terminal, on <code>/usr/local/bin/vistrails</code>.
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[[Image:UbuntuVisTrailsRunningUbuntu.png]]
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Note:  When installing packages on Ubuntu, the package name often differs from the name recognized by apt.  To search all available Ubuntu packages, please go to [http://packages.ubuntu.com|the Ubuntu Package Database] for a searchable database.
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=== On a terminal ===
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If you're more comfortable on a shell, there's a faster way:
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# echo "deb http://vgc.sci.utah.edu/ubuntu edgy main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
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# apt-get update
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# apt-get install vistrails
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Current revision as of 13:22, 16 May 2008

VisTrails now interfaces with apt directly via a Python API. This allows dynamic installation of necessary packages. As a result, you don't need to install any packages for the basic VisTrails install either. Just download the source and execute it with

$ python vistrails.py

and VisTrails should detect all necessary software and, if necessary, ask for your permission to install it.

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