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Starbase Data Tables - An Ascii Relational Database for UNIX

Version : 3.1.5
Author(s) : John B. Roll jr.
License : GPL
Website :

Disk space required for installation is 17.60 Mb

After the package is installed it can be accessed using the command



A shortcut will be installed in the KDE/GNOME desktop menu system,
as an entry in the Astronomy submenu


This distribution is made up of five independent parts. Each was developed
by a different author and comes with its own licensing arangements. The
distribution contains a set of command line filter programs and a library of
subroutines to read/write and operate on data tables.

Documentation is provided at:

0. A top level configure script is provided. It should suffice to run it and
then run make. Each of the lower level directories will be configured and
compiled from here.

> configure
> make
> make install prefix=xxxx

1. tablelib, tablesrc, utillib - starbase library and program source code.
This source was written at SAO and is distributed under Smithsonain
Astrophysical Observatory Copyright

A configure script is provided.

The source code should compile on any reasonable unix system. The
only real system dependent parts are in file system directory access
(in utillib). Macros from autoconf are used to do this.

2. tawk - a modified version of the awk programming language
This code was written by Mike Brennan at Boeing and is distributed
under a Gnu General Public License.

A configure script is provided.

3. gnu sort/join - a modified version of the gnu textutils.
This code was written by the GNU Project and is distributed
under a Gnu General Public License.

A configure script is provided.

4. bsd derrived source - the jot program.
A was written at SAO to config and compile jot.c

This product includes software developed by the University of
California, Berkeley and its contributors.

5. slalink - The Star Link Astrometry Library.

This code was written by P.T Wallace at the Star Link Project in Great
Britian. There may be binaries of the slalink module available from
time to time at the starbase website. To compile slalink you must
obtain a source code copy of slalib from the author.

Plottable is a shell script that allows data in Starbase data table format to
be plotted to X11, postscript or GIF output formats. It is command line
driven an has LOTS of options to control every aspect of the plot. Other
output formats could be supported on request. The graphics engine (GLE)
supports many, many output formats.

Plottable is based on a modified copy of the GLE Graphics Language Editor by
Chris Pugmire.


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