Common HEP UNIX Environment
(for the HEPiX scripts and X11 working-groups)
When you log in on PLUS or WGS services like cernsp
hpplus, atlas, cms, shiftatlas, shiftcms, etc.
you are using the so-called HEPiX scripts
probably without knowing it. On other machines like dxcern, etc.
you can get
them on a voluntary basis. They have been produced
as the result of the decision to
design a common user environment for UNIX platforms among HEP laboratories.
They provide you with a homogeneous environment; they hide some differences between machines and, although they support the six main shells (sh, csh, ksh, bash, tcsh, zsh), they enable some powerful features for the only two recommended shells at CERN: tcsh and zsh.
The HEPiX scripts are now in a production phase and in widespread use. You can already benefit from similar environments at CERN, DESY Hamburg, DESY Zeuthen, Pisa, RAL, and even at some non-HEP sites!
If you want more information on this project consult:
The project consists of two parts and this article presents the first
common user environment at shell level. A second part is in preparation:
the common user environment at graphical level (X11) -- see
CNL 219, article 3.2.
A second HEPiX X11 meeting on 30
May at Prague resulted in an agreement on the specifications of the first
version and thus the implementation phase can start. You already get
a HEP X11 environment when you login on cernsp
services for example.
We expect that this environment will be in production on more services by the
end of 1995.
If you want more information on this second phase consult: