Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Remote login to AIPS

So, you're away from your computer (say it's in Wisconsin and you're in South Africa), but need to log in to AIPS remotely to get some (simple) work done. Since I do this about once every six months and have to relearn how to do it every time, here's the solution.
ssh into your machine, then instead of just typing at the terminal:

> aips
> aips da=<computer name=>
both of which give me errors or repeatedly ask for me to retype my password, try:
> aips notv da=<computer name>
Eh, voila! I can use AIPS without complaint.
True, you can't use the tv to view your data, but that would be a pain to do remotely anyway. When I make an image, I output an .PS file and rsync it to my local machine. rsync is nifty and worth learning, if you don't know it already.

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