Sun/IRAF Site Manager's Guide

Sun/IRAF Site Manager's Guide

4. Graphics and Image Display under SunView*

Sun/IRAF may be used from any ordinary video or graphics terminal, or from a Sun workstation run either as a terminal or under the SunView windowing system (IRAF can also be run from X, but full support for X on Suns is not yet available at the time this is being written). Our concern here is with the use of IRAF on a Sun workstation running SunView.

The standard SunView system provides standard window tools which can be used to run IRAF, e.g., shelltool and tektool. shelltool is ok as a terminal but cannot do graphics. tektool can do graphics but is much too inflexible, and is not much good as a terminal since it cannot scroll or erase text. To provide a reasonable combination of video terminal and vector graphics capabilities, we have extended SunView by adding a general purpose virtual graphics terminal window tool called gterm, and an image display server window tool called imtool. Both programs are implemented at the SunView level as general purpose window tools, and are useful independently of IRAF. Detailed documentation on the basic operation and use of these programs is given in the gterm(l) and imtool(1) manual pages. Our concern in this document is with the use of these programs with IRAF.

*This discussion is outdated - although SunOS/IRAF still supports SunView, most people now use OpenWindows or some other flavor of X11, using the x11iraf utilities xgterm and ximtool for graphics and image display. See the SOS4 README or the Solaris/IRAF Site Manager's Guide for more detailed information on the x11iraf utilities for X11.