HEAsoft v6.16 - Known Issues
If you are using HEASOFT v6.15 and don't want to upgrade to v6.16 just yet,
see the HEASOFT 6.15.1 Issues List.
Please visit the
HEASOFT Supported Platforms page
for current information about supported operating systems and compilers.
Several packages track issues separately from this page:
The following is a list of known issues in v6.16 of HEAsoft not covered
by the above pages.
Last modified Wednesday, 02-Jul-2014 17:41:47 EDT
HEASoft includes Tcl/Tk version 8.5.13, which has resulted in
a known but apparently harmless issue on some platforms. After using
the /XTK plot device, the following message may be displayed upon exit:
X Error of failed request: RenderBadPicture (invalid Picture parameter)
Major opcode of failed request: ### (RENDER)
Minor opcode of failed request: # (RenderFreePicture)
Picture id in failed request: #########
Serial number of failed request: ####
Current serial number in output stream: ####
- Perl version mismatch::
Pre-compiled Perl libraries used extensively by mission software (Swift, Suzaku,
NuSTAR) and other packages are not especially portable,
so we generally recommend building HEASoft from the source code distribution.
This Swift/UVOT task may fail with a Fortran runtime error while generating a
postscript plot when compiled using certain versions of gfortran (e.g. v4.6.2
installed via fink) on Mac OS X. At present we suspect a compiler bug and
recommend using an alternate compiler from the options on our
- xspec / PLT - wenv, whead, wdata:
Some GNU Fortran compilers (gfortran 4.4.x, 4.0.x, 4.1.x)
appear to have internal issues which prevent the PLT commands wenv,
whead and wdata from working unless an output file is specified;
i.e. attempts at producing terminal output may fail with
"Fortran runtime error: Invalid argument".
To get around this, provide an output file name when using these commands, for
- HEASoft and other software packages (CIAO, XMM-SAS):
Users may wish to download and run our hwrap script
to create an alternate runtime environment for HEASOFT to help avoid
conflicts with other software packages, but if not, please take note of
the potential pitfalls below:
If you have any questions about the information above, please write to
us at the FTOOLS help desk.
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