Re: Installing ncarg-v4.0 on OpenSuse 11.3

From: Mary Haley <haley_at_nyahnyahspammersnyahnyah>
Date: Thu Feb 17 2011 - 13:44:55 MST

Hi all,

I tried to find some official history on the "mapchi.f" file, but no luck. It was
removed in version 4.2.2 of NCAR Graphics, around September 2001.

Internal routines that are not advertised to users have no guarantee that the
names will remain the same with each version release.

Jemma, my suggestion to you is to try migrating over to the new release, and
send me any error messages that you might get when compiling with the
new code. I'm guessing that if any other internal routines have changed,
hopefully they've changed in name only, and it might be fairly straightforward
to replace the old calls with the new ones.

If it helps, here's a list of EZMAP files that were removed at the same time as mapchi.f:


If you are calling any one of the "mapxxx" routines above and suddenly not finding it anymore, try replacing it with "mdpxxx".
If you are worried about this, like that the calling sequence might have changed, then email me with any questions.


On Feb 17, 2011, at 11:55 AM, Dennis Shea wrote:

> There are some historical error messages
> that refer to MAPCHI
> ====
> Further: on the WWW [ Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:48 pm ]
> #if defined NCARG410 || defined NCARG422
> CALL mapchi (2,0,idsh)
> #else
> CALL mdpchi (2,0,idsh)
> #endif
> On 2/17/11 11:34 AM, Mary Haley wrote:
>> Hi Jemma,
>> We make every effort to keep the user functions backwards compatible.
>> With any routine that we've publicly documented, we rarely (if ever)
>> change it or remove it. In fact, I'm not sure we've ever removed an
>> advertied function, although we may have deprecated it.
>> The routine you mentioned, "mapchi" is not one of our user-callable
>> routines that I know of. Tell me how you're using it, and in the
>> meantime I'll try to figure out what happened to it.
>> --Mary
>> On Feb 16, 2011, at 9:57 PM, Jemma Wu wrote:
>>> Hi Mary,
>>> Thank you for your help.
>>> I have successfully installed NCARG 5.2.1 (compiled with ifort/icc) on
>>> my new server. I tested one of our old Fortran models and found that
>>> there is one incompatible ncarg function (mapchi in v4.0 has been
>>> changed to mdpchi in v5).
>>> My question is, do you know if there are many such incompatible
>>> functions between ncarg.v4.0 and ncarg.v5? Since I have lots of
>>> Fortran codes (~20000 subroutines) to migrate, I want to know how much
>>> effort I need to solve this incompatibility problems.
>>> Thanks.
>>> Regards,
>>> Jemma
>>> On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 3:03 AM, Mary Haley <
>>> <>> wrote:
>>> On Feb 13, 2011, at 6:33 PM, Jemma Wu wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I have a bunch of old Fortran applications (mid 90s) which were
>>>> written with ncarg-v4.0 on an Alpha machine. Now I am trying to
>>>> migrate those Fortran programs to a new Intel Core 2 x86-64
>>>> machine installed with OpenSuse 11.3 (64 bit) OS.
>>>> I am attempting to install ncarg-v4.0 from the source code which
>>>> was saved (around mid 90s) on the old Alpha machine . I am trying
>>>> to build it with the Intel compilers (ifort and icc). I followed
>>>> the installation documentations from
>>>> I have got
>>>> lots of compilation errors.
>>>> Before I post and ask about those compilation errors, I'd like to
>>>> ask a couple of basic questions about ncarg-v4.0.
>>>> 1. Does the ncarg-v4.0 support my new hardware, operating system
>>>> and compilers?
>>> Hi Jemma,
>>> We don't generally go back and compile older versions of NCAR
>>> Graphics on newer hardware, so I can't say for certain whether it
>>> should build as is on your newer system. This brings us to your
>>> next question:
>>>> 2. Is the source code of ncarg-v4.0 still available for
>>>> downloading somewhere? I suspect that my older version of the
>>>> v4.0 source code doesn't support my new environment.
>>> A newer version of the source code is available, and should be
>>> backwards compatible. My suggestion is to download NCL version
>>> 5.2.1, which contains the NCARG source code. There are precompiled
>>> binaries available, but not for ifort/icc. If you choose to build
>>> from source code, then you can run the "Configure" program that
>>> comes with NCL V5.2.1, and answer "no" to the "build NCL?"
>>> question. This will get you just the NCAR Graphics libraries and
>>> associated files that you got with the ncarg-v4. source in the 90s.
>>> You can try downloading a precompiled binary first. Sometimes the
>>> icc/ifort compilers will work with gcc/gfortran compiled
>>> libraries, but you may have to include some additional libraries
>>> to "help" the compilation. If this fails, then you can try
>>> downloading source code.
>>> To download the latest NCL precompiled binaries and/or source
>>> code, please see:
>>> Please email me if you need help with the precompiled binaries or
>>> building from source code.
>>> --Mary
>>>> I appreciate your kind help.
>>>> --
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Jemma
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