Stars to mag 16.x in KStars
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I installed kstars using the package from Ubuntu Jaunty. The setup wizard walks you through downloading stuff via the kstars add-on installer. All the other downloads work, but after downloading USNO, it never does work. I’m sure others have run into this. I have 32 bit Athlon and Intel systems, and an Intel 64 bit system, all showing the same behaviour. The default filesystem block size for e2fs is 4096, which is enough for very, very large files. One of the leads found on the usno site suggests that perhaps KNewStuff2 is involved in this failure. I’d like even a manual way of getting this to work.
Yes, I guess it’s some KNewStuff2 problem, or something wrong with the server. Many people have reported problems like this on the mailing list etc.
The workaround is to go and download the catalog tarball from here
Put the tarball into your KStars home directory, which is at ~/.kde4/share/apps/kstars/ by default, and unpack it there.
When you load KStars after doing this, it should pick up the USNO catalog and load it.
This totally did it for me. 16th mag stars. Totally what i need to find Pluto this summer. Now is a good time to start that project.
And, it turns out, i’ll be using kstars in my talk at the club today. Well, it is entitled “Observation Planning with Free Software”. IMO, Stellarium and Celestia are not as good for planning. But i include FireFox as “free software” that you need for this.
And the blog post version:
Okay, I have installed kstars.. The first interactive window I see is a Startup Wizard. It prompts me
to “Download Extra Data”. I clicked on the first catalog I see and suddenly I find I’m stuck (without warning) with a 6-hour download! I cancelled the download, hoping to restart it later that night and let it run overnight. But I find I can’t restart it. The program says it’s installed, and I don’t get any second chance.
Then I reinstall, few times, wiith deps, expecting see the startup wizard giving me a clean slate and a chance to avoid the surprise of a 1.6GB download, but it still shows that catalog is already downloaded!
Clearing ~/.kde3.5/share/apps/kstars doesn’t fix this problem
Im using owncompilled KDE on Gentoo.
Please help me!
When i did the install, it put the file in /tmp/kde-myusername. It wasn’t named USNO-NOMAD-1e8-1.0.tar.gz – or even with any kind of tgz extension. But it extracts with tar xzf filename. I manually put the result in
and it’s happy with it.
If you launch kstars, the Settings -> Startup Wizard
will bring you to the downloads screen. You should be able to Uninstall, then install. But really, it’s easier to get the file from the source, extract it, and put it where it goes. For example.
wget -c http://download.kde.org/apps/kstars/USNO-NOMAD-1e8-1.0.tar.gz
I always use -c. If your connect fails, you can pick up where you left off.
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