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A number of FTOOLS tasks require input calibration datasets. Many such tasks include software which (optionally) enables the name and location of the appropriate calibration files(s) to be supplied to the task (without user interaction) via a local Calibration Database (Caldb). Specific instructions as to how users can use their local Caldb are contained within the help pages for the task. If a local Caldb is not installed, again the help pages for the task instructs users as to what they must do. Obviously this usually consists of the user having to determine the name and location of the necessary calibration files for themselves.
For a variety of reasons, a local Caldb is NOT automatically
set up by the installation of FTOOLS. However setting up your
own local Caldb it is relatively trivial in most cases,
and full instructions are provided in the OGIP memo
How to Install a Calibration Database (CAL/GEN/94-004)
which is available via anonymous FTP to
Since a local Caldb can become quite large, we recommend that a site maintain only a single database on a central file system and that this local Caldb be made available to multiple users. Before installing a Caldb, it's certainly worth checking one is not already available to you locally.
If/once a local Caldb is available, then a number of environment variables
need to be set in order that FTOOLS tasks are able to locate the necessary
database files etc. Assuming you have a standard set up, this can be
done by sourcing a single file named
Any questions/comments regarding the installation and operation of a local Caldb should be addressed to
Next: A Brief FTOOLS Tutorial Up: Users' Guide to FTOOLS Previous: FTOOLS that Plot Lawrence Elwin Brown
Wed Aug 6 11:33:26 EDT 1997
FTOOLS HELP DESK
If FTOOLS has been useful in your research, please reference this site (http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/ftools) 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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