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Analog 6.0: Starting to use analog on other platforms

Here is the really short summary:
  1. Edit anlghead.h and compile, if necessary
  2. Edit analog.cfg
  3. Run analog

Many platforms have a precompiled version of analog available. Before compiling analog, have a look at the analog home page to see if yours does.

If you're not using one of the platforms for which a precompiled version is available, you'll have to compile your own version from the source. But don't worry -- it's written in standard C throughout, so it will compile out of the box on most platforms. (The source code is the same for all platforms.)

First, change to the src/ directory.

Then look at the file anlghead.h, and see if there's anything you want to edit.

When you have done that, you need to compile the program. How to do that depends on which operating system you're using.

Compiling under Unix. First edit anlghead.h as described above. Then just type
within the src/ directory to compile the program. On most systems, that will be sufficient, and the compiled program should appear in the parent directory. If it fails to compile, have a look in the Makefile to see if there's anything that you need to change to suit your configuration, and try again. It says in that file what to do. In particular, Solaris 2 (SunOS 5+) users need to change the LIBS= line.

(Experts can pass some arguments in on the make command line instead of by editing anlghead.h: e.g.

make DEFS='-DLANGDIR=\"/usr/etc/apache/analog/lang/\"'
This is useful if you have a script to compile analog.)

If you haven't got gcc, you will need to change the compiler - try acc or cc instead.

Compiling under OpenVMS. You can find OpenVMS build scripts within the src/build directory. Unzip them within the src directory. Then to build Analog interactively from the command line, type

$ @ Build_Analog
or to submit the Build_Analog procedure to a batch queue, type
$ Submit /NoPrint /Keep Batch.com
The command procedure will use MMS (or MMK) if it is available, otherwise it will compile everything from raw command procedures.

Compiling under Acorn RiscOS. The Makefile can be found in the src/build directly, although at this point it has not been updated for version 5 of analog. You will have to make directories called C, H and O, and move the sources files into the appropriate directories: e.g., alias.c must be renamed C.alias. And you will find that there are some filenames in the header file anlghead.h that you want to change to fit into the RiscOS directory structure.

Compiling under OS/2. To compile analog for OS/2, you will need the EMX package. You should edit the Makefile to have OS=OS2 and LIBS=-lsocket. Then after editing anlghead.h and running Make, you need to run the command

to generate the analog.exe executable.
After you've compiled the program, leave the src/ directory and then just type
to run the program. (Or ./analog if for some reason . isn't in your $PATH.)

You can configure analog by putting commands in the configuration file, which is called analog.cfg by default. Two commands you will need straight away are

LOGFILE logfilename      # to set where your logfile lives
OUTFILE outputfile.html  # to send the output to a file instead of the screen
The logfile must be stored locally -- analog won't use FTP or HTTP to fetch it from the internet. There's a sample logfile supplied with the program. For help in interpreting the output, see What the results mean.

There are already some configuration commands to get you started in the configuration file, but there are lots of others available. You can find the most common ones in the section on basic commands later in the Readme, and you can read about all of them in the section on customising analog. There are also some sample configuration files in the examples directory.

There is one other way to give options to analog, via command line arguments, given on the command line after the program name. These are just shortcuts for configuration file commands.

Go to the analog home page.

Stephen Turner
19 December 2004

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