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All scripting should be done using Perl5. The HEASARC will provide Perl utilities to make it easy and convenient for scripts to call HEAdas and/or FTOOLS tasks, for example, to trap any runtime errors which may occur. We also expect to include the CFITSIO Perl module ( in the distribution to allow for Perl scripts to directly call CFITSIO routines as well.

Keith Arnaud 2008-03-13