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