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Getting Started

This document aims to describe what is needed to get a released version of Diana up and running on Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) from a set of Debian packages. It is assumed that you will be using the version of Ubuntu that the packages were developed for.

To build Diana for other distributions, see the Building Metlibs and Diana with Autotools page for an installation guide then continue reading the Installing Data Files page.

To build a batch version of Diana for headless systems, install bdiana according to the instructions on the Batch Diana on Headless Systems page then continue reading the Installing Data Files page.

Installing Packages

Obtain a set of release packages for the current release of Diana. Follow the instructions on the Installing Diana from Launchpad page to install and test the packages.

Configuring Diana

Diana expects to find a diana.setup file in various locations:

  • The current directory.
  • $HOME/.diana/diana.setup or equivalent

If you built and installed Diana 3.39 from source, or installed a package from Launchpad, there should also be a setup file in the following location:

  • /etc/diana/3.39/diana.setup

If you installed the maps and demo data in a location other than the default, you will need to change the OPDATA and MAPDIR lines in the diana.setup file. For example, if these resources were unpacked in the /data/diana directory, these lines need to be changed to read:

OPDATA    = /data/diana/demodata
MAPDIR    = /data/diana/maps

This means that you need to have a diana.setup file in a place where you can edit it. Possibly the easiest way to arrange this is to run Diana without a diana.setup file then immediately quit. This will cause the .diana directory to be created in the user's home directory. Then copy the /etc/diana/3.39/diana.setup file (or the correct one for the version you are using) into that directory for further configuration.

Testing with bdiana

It is useful to test that the basic installation works correctly, particularly on headless systems that only allow bdiana to run. Copy the following text into a file called test.input:


MAP backcolour=117:199:242 map=Gshhs-Auto contour=on cont.colour=black cont.linewidth=1 cont.linetype=solid cont.zorder=1 land=on land.colour=240:158:92
AREA proj4string="+proj=ortho +lat_0=60" rectangle=-1500000.000000:1500000.000000:-1250000.000000:1750000.000000

Process the input file using a command like the following, using the appropriate executable and setup file for your configuration:

bdiana -i test.input -s diana.setup

A file called test.png should be created that looks like the following image:


If the file is not created or the image is blank, check the output from bdiana to determine whether the diana.setup file and map files were found correctly.

You can also find more input files to test in the diana-extras repository on GitHub. The files can be found in the testfiles/input directory.

Running Diana

Run Diana using either the diana script or the diana.bin executable. The diana script will try to send debug information back to the e-mail address for bug reports. If you want to avoid this, run the diana.bin executable instead.

If you have created a diana.setup file in a location other than one of those mentioned above then you need to pass an option on the command line to specify where it is.

diana -s /path/to/diana.setup

The path specified must be an absolute path.

diana/gettingstarted.txt · Last modified: 2016-09-13 10:30:19 (external edit)