Mark 5 B Configuration
Installed Debian Etch & mark5b software as per instructions on the haystack website. The pdf & iso’s are temporarily located on hobart in ~oper.
After this process, the mark5b was ready for use. The only change to the system is that the Mark5B recording server program is no longer invoked by
One of the mark5Bs destined for either Ka or Yg has also been upgraded at this time (hardware id 733).
Old Info for the Debian Sarge install of the mark5B
Booted Mark5B initially with no network connection to avoid DHCP problems.
After logging in as root, changed passwords of both root and oper to the observatory standards.
Edited /etc/network/interfaces/ (with
To configure the mark5b for recording from the dbbc, first set the mode on the dbbc (though dbbc_control) with
For a test recording, start the mark5b software in an xterm with
In a second xterm, start the recorder interface with
This last command will return a string which should have the correct date and time, with
Data can be checked with
To export the data from the mk5 module into a file, at the
The example command given above will record 1 billion btyes of data, starting from 0, into the file /home/observer/disk2file/testfile. Space is relatively limited on the mark5b partitions so don’t do this for large files. Instead you’ll need to set up a network partition - MtPleasant26m.Computing has some instructions for Hobart.