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I have installed scisoft version 7.5. I need to run iraf in the scisoft from xgterm. But when I type xgterm in bash terminal it shows following message,

No command 'xgterm' found, did you mean:
Command 'xterm' from package 'xterm' (main)
xgterm: command not found

I guess xgterm is not on my system and I can't find it in ubuntu repository. How to get xgterm for Ubuntu 12.04?

  • Where/How you installed xgterm? – Braiam Dec 6 '13 at 16:24
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I installed current IRAF (v216.1) under Ubuntu 12.04 and run in a similar error. Turned out that xgterm is on the system, but just not in the path. In my case I had to create this symbolic link:

$ ln -s ~/opt/iraf.v2161/vendor/x11iraf/bin.linux/xgterm .iraf/bin/

(where ~/opt/iraf.v2161/ is the root directory in which I installed iraf).

Now xgterm it is available and iraf command launches correctly

$ which xgterm
~/.iraf/bin/xgterm

I assume that under Scisoft the xgterm binary is in the same place e.g.

[scisoft-root-dir]/x11iraf/bin.linux/

alternatively you can get a statically linked executable this way

$ wget ftp://iraf.noao.edu/pub/fitz/xgterm.STATIC
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I know this post is old, but I found a very useful solution on the official IRAF website. One needs to download statically linked binaries from

ftp://iraf.noao.edu/pub/fitz/xgterm.STATIC
ftp://iraf.noao.edu/pub/fitz/ximtool.STATIC

make them executable:

chmod 755 /path/xgterm.STATIC

And then manually move them in the /usr/local/bin

sudo mv /path//xgterm.STATIC /usr/local/bin/xgterm

(And similarly for ximtool)

  • It seems that the xgterm and ximtool static binaries were moved or removed from that FTP server. I'm not entirely sure if they're distributing the static builds any more. – Cole Erickson Feb 25 '19 at 19:27

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