Manual Pages on VizieR
– how it works...
VizieR Documentation (in French)
Programs related to the Standards for Astronomical Catalogues:
, the basic program which analyses
a anafile ReadMe file, and verifies that the contents of
the files agree with their description
, the program which transforms
the described tables into FITS ascii tables
(the program is used in the cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr tofits FTP server)
, a program which edits tables described in
tabmap ReadMe files in different formats:
ascii, TSV, latex, htx, parfile, HTML.
Programs related to HTML
allows an in-line (fast)
transformation of (not too complex) LaTeX documents
into HTML. This program is used for these documentations.
cgiprint gets HTTP document(s) without the
usage of a browser.
wwwget transforms relative HTML anchors
into absolute ones.
Programs around SIMBAD
, basic subroutines to interact with
CDS servers (e.g. sk xsimbad, catcat, findpmm...)
, a generic client program which
connects to aclient aserver
, a configurable server
for the plot of graphs; the graph local installation
features added to the original version to deal with VizieR output.
, graphic package which generates GIF images
gd , the CfA program to display images
(with automatic transformations of pixel location into
astronomical coordinates). A special section is devoted
to saoimage .
Management of parfile format (files made up of paragraphs)
, which can index (plain text index) and
retrieve paragraphs from the parfile parfile file.
, which can execute a grep on pargrep parfile files
, which can sort a parsort parfile file
, which allows to sort a file with LaTeX macros
bsort , which allows to look in sorted indexes.
Utilities for FITS files:
, the stand-alone program which edits a FITS
file in the form of ascii table(s)
fits2a package (from ESO) includes routines for
displaying, sorting, replace keywords, etc...
qfits program (from Emmanuel Bertin) to generate nice images
from 1 (black/white) or 3 (color) FIST images.
stiff (from HEASARC) (no documentation)
fitsverify (documentation quite limited, only the
result of the execution of the program without argument)
Utilities for SYBASE:
, the SQL shell as a replacement for sqsh isql
interfaces for direct calls to Sybase from Perl
Utilities for ascii table management:
, which does thing similar to acut cut(1) ...
but much better ! For instance, numbers can be properly aligned...
, which is used to remove or transform just
a few columns – for instance remove columns but checking that
their content is always made of blanks.
trcol , which allows not only to fold long lines, but
also reformats a text or notes...
More general Utilities
, the utility for file transformation
available in any Linux distribution
gawk , which cuts a file into smaller pieces
even when the file is binary
bsplit , which concatenates files in a fashion similar
to cat(1), but takes care of decompressing and and merging
of compressed and split files.
Javadoc of cds.astro package
includes coordinate transformations, sky areas, Qboxes, etc...
Several of the programs described here can be installed directly on
a PC-Linux from
ftp://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/pub/sw/cdspack_x86.tar.gz (32-bit) or
One this file is installed in your home directory, for instance by
the installation can be done with the command
tar xvfz cdspack_x86.tar.gz
If the programs are not found, you have to check whether your
subdirectory is included in the ; if this is not the
case, just add at the end of your file
PATH the line .bashrc
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