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Commit 6726b043 authored by Daniel Brown's avatar Daniel Brown

updating windows install instructions

parent e3c45e3d
......@@ -114,12 +114,36 @@ Unix:
For any queries or problems please post us a quick message in our
forums: http://www.gwoptics.org/finesse/forums
Windows:
It is highly recommended that you install Cygwin and its version
of gnuplot. Instructions on this can be found at the web page below.
You should then use the Cygwin Bash shell instead of Windows cmd
to run Finesse (It is much better!).
Windows - No Cygwin already installed:
Firstly you must extract the Finesse executable to a location on
your computer (such as "C:\Program Files\") where it will be installed.
Once it has been extracted, double click the `install.bat` file.
This will bring up a command window that will setup your PATH variables
so that you can use Finesse.
Now you must install gnuplot on your computer from http://www.gnuplot.info/.
If you have a space in the path to where wgnuplot.exe is installed you need to
note the use of ' and " to encapsulate path and GNUCOMMAND
GNUCOMMAND '"C:\Program Files\gnuplot\bin\Wgnuplot.exe" --persist'
else use
GNUCOMMAND 'C:\gnuplot\bin\Wgnuplot.exe --persist'
Windows - Cygwin is already installed:
If you already have cygwin installed it is advisable to remove
cygwin1.dll and cygpath.exe that comes with Finesse and use those
found in your cygwin bin folder as different Cygwin versions do not
play nicely together. Alternatively it may be best to build a version
of Finesse that is compatiable with your Cygwin installation. This is
easy to do and instructions can be found at:
http://kvasir.sr.bham.ac.uk/redmine/projects/finesse/wiki/_Windows_
You can either install the Cygwin or standard Windows version of
Gnuplot and correctly setup the GNUCOMMAND variable as stated above
to use it
You can also find other tips as well as the gnuplot installation
instructions:
http://kvasir.sr.bham.ac.uk/redmine/projects/finesse/wiki/Hints_for_using_Finesse_on_Windows
......@@ -130,12 +154,7 @@ Windows:
Please help us fix these by posting a quick message in our forum:
http://www.gwoptics.org/finesse/forums
You must add the directory where you install Finesse to your
environment PATH variable. This is so that cygwin1.dll and cygpath.exe
can be found by kat.exe on your system. If you already have cygwin
installed it is advisable to remove cygwin1.dll and cygpath.exe that
comes with Finesse and use those found in your cygwin/bin folder, which
should be added to your PATH variable too.
Now you should be able to start FINESSE with an example file
(assuming you have copied the respective files into a
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......@@ -39,7 +39,7 @@ relerr 1.e-3
# PYTHONCOMMAND "python $s 2>/dev/null &"
## For Windows systems
# if you have a space in the path to wgnuplot.exe you need to use
# if you have a space in the path to wgnuplot.exe you need to
# Note use of ' and " to encapsulate path and GNUCOMMAND
# GNUCOMMAND '"C:\Program Files\gnuplot\bin\Wgnuplot.exe" --persist'
# else use
......@@ -53,7 +53,7 @@ GNUCOMMAND 'start /b wgnuplot.exe --persist'
# However for this to work you need to ensure that wgnuplot.exe is in
# your PATH environment variable. You can check if it is by pressing
# `win+R` keys and typing cmd, then typing `wgnuplot`, if it opens it
# is in your PATH.
# is in your PATH. If not you must add it to your PATH.
#
## Windows --persist vs -persist
# Using -persist brings up the wgnuplot main window for editting the plots
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