Installation Guide V6.1
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Installing Gate on Linux
This section describes the installation procedure of GATE. This includes three steps:
- Install Geant4 and tools required for Geant4 (CLHEP);
- Install ROOT (most of the time);
- Install Gate itself.
This section starts with a brief overview of the recommended configurations, followed by a short introduction to the installation of Geant4, and then explains the installation of GATE itself on Linux.
It should be highlighted that features depending on external components (libraries or packages) may only be activated if the corresponding component is installed. It is the user's responsibility to check that these components are installed before activating a feature. Except for Geant4, which is closely related to Gate, the user should refer to the Installation Guide of the external components.
In addition, you should also install any Geant4 helper you wish to use, especially OpenGL if required, before installing Geant4 itself. You can either download the source codes and compile the libraries or download precompiled packages which are available for a number of platform-compiler. If you choose to or have to compile the packages, you will need:
- a C++ compiler
- the GNU version of make
The ROOT data analysis package may also be needed for post-processing or for using the GATE online plotter (enabling the visualization of various simulation parameters and results in real time). ROOT is available for many platforms and a variety of precompiled packages can be found on the ROOT homepage.
The following Geant4 releases are currently supported:
- Geant4 5.2.p02 with gate v1.0.x
- Geant4 6.2.p02 with gate v1.1.0 and gate v2.1.0
- Geant4 7.0.p01 with gate v1.2.0 and gate v2.2.0
- Geant4 7.1 and Geant4 8.0.p01 with gate v3.0.0
- Geant4 7.1.p01 ; Geant4 8.0.p01 and Geant4 8.1.p02 with gate v3.1.0 and v3.1.1
- Geant4 8.1.p02 and Geant4 9.0 with gate v3.1.2
- Geant4 9.4.p01 with Gate v6.1
The recommended compiler and software versions for CLHEP, ROOT and LMF are available on the registered users area of the Gate web site.
Compiling software usually requires certain system libraries and compilation tools. Furthermore, GATE and Geant4 have various package requirements which have to be met BEFORE installing or compiling. Currently lists have been created for Ubuntu 10.04, Ubuntu 11.x, Fedora 14 and Scientifix Linux 6
Visit the Package Requirements page for detailed package lists. This list may change frequently, last updated 2. Jan. 2012
Two installation manuals exist.
- The previously recommended procedure:
- A new more detailed updated procedure:
If you are able to run Gate after installation by typing
it is an indication that your installation was successful.
However, before you do any research, it is highly recommended to validate your installation.
See Validating Installation for benchmarks and further informations.
Other Web Sites
G4 Agostinelli S et al 2003 GEANT4 - a simulation toolkit Institute Nucl. Instr. Meth. A506 250-303 GEANT4 website: http://geant4.web.cern.ch
CLHEP - A Class Library for High Energy Physics: http://proj-clhep.web.cern.ch
OGL OpenGL Homepage: http://www.opengl.org/
ROOT Brun R, Rademakers F 1997 ROOT - An object oriented data analysis framework Institute Nucl. Instr. Meth. A389 81-86 ROOT website: http://root.cern.ch
libxml website: http://www.libxml.org