Applying The 6.29c Patch To Your Existing 6.29 Installation

    See the HEASOFT 6.29c Release Notes for more information about this patch. Please note that the 6.29c patch includes the updates in the previous patches 6.29 a & b, so there is no need to apply them separately.

  • For users of the source code installation:

    A patch installer mechanism is available to aid you in updating your existing 6.29 source code installation. To use it, simply download the patch installer script , save it in the directory containing your existing heasoft-6.29 source code folder, initialize HEASOFT, and then run it:

      $ sh hdpatch_6.29c
    This script will retrieve the necessary patch file (requires wget), then rebuild and re-install all relevant components. Note that any components not included in your original download will be ignored. It may take a while to finish, so please be patient while it runs.

  • For users of a pre-compiled binary installation:

    Choose the appropriate tar file from the list below and unpack it in the directory containing your existing heasoft-6.29 binary folder. Mac users will need to perform an extra step, i.e. running (in the same directory) this script to fix rpaths in the new binary files.

    PC - Ubuntu Linux 20.04
    PC - CentOS Linux 8
    PC - Fedora Linux 33
    PC Linux - Scientific Linux 7.x
    Mac Intel Darwin 20.x (macOS 11.x)
    Mac Intel Darwin 19.x (macOS 10.15.x)
    Mac Intel Darwin 18.x (macOS 10.14.x)

  • If you have any questions about the information above, please write to us at the FTOOLS help desk.


If FTOOLS has been useful in your research, please reference this site ( and use the ASCL reference for HEASoft [ascl:1408.004] or the ASCL reference for the original FTOOLs paper [ascl:9912.002]:

Blackburn, J. K. 1995, in ASP Conf. Ser., Vol. 77, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems IV, ed. R. A. Shaw, H. E. Payne, and J. J. E. Hayes (San Francisco: ASP), 367.

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