Installing the PipTools Programs   (mostly-C version)


General Outline

  1. Make sure you have the necessary software available on your system:

  2. Download  and unpack it into a separate directory or folder. We provide this file in a DOS-style PKZIP-compatible format, because most platforms have readily available tools for handling this (e.g.,  unzip  on Unix.) Make sure your unzipper program recreates the subdirectory structure (e.g., by using  pkunzip -d ).

  3. Examine the  Makefile  and  piplib/Makefile , and adjust them as necessary for your operating system, compiler, and desired file locations. The provided sample files are for Unix and  gcc .

  4. Run  make , and then if everything went smoothly, run  make install .

  5. Arrange for the Perl interpreter to be executed when you run the tools that need it. On Unix-like systems that support the  "#!"  syntax, this means making sure each program file is executable, and adjusting the path to  perl  in the first line. On other systems, you may need to set up wrapper scripts, or remember to type  perl -S  at the beginning of each command.

  6. Make sure the installed program files are in your path, so your operating system can find them when you try to run them from another directory or folder.

Sample Walk-Throughs For Various Systems

Cathy Riemer, January 2002