Applying The 6.33.2 Patch To Your Existing 6.33[.1] Installation

    See the HEASOFT 6.33.2 Release Notes for more information about this patch.

  • For users of the source code installation:

    A patch installer script is available to aid you in updating your existing 6.33 (or 6.33.1) source code installation. To use it, simply download the script , save it in the directory containing your existing heasoft-6.33[.1] source code folder, initialize HEASOFT, and then run it:

      sh hdpatch_6.33.2
    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 under your existing heasoft-6.33[.1] binary folder, and after doing so, run lhea-fixperl to update the headers of the new NICER Perl scripts:

    lhea-fixperl $HEADAS/bin/nicerl2 $HEADAS/bin/niscorpspect $HEADAS/bin/nicerversion
    If successful, the task fversion should report v6.33.2, and the task nicerversion should report v12A.

    PC - Ubuntu Linux 20.04
    PC - Fedora Linux 39
    PC - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
    Mac Intel (Darwin 21.x / macOS 12.x and newer)

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

HEASoft / 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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