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PASSCAL Software, Version 1.9.21
Entry ID: PASSCAL_SOFTWARE
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Abstract: PASSCAL (Program for the Array Seismic Studies of the Continental
Lithosphere) provides software to aid in the field processing of seismic data
collected from RefTek data recorders. The software suite comes free to all
users but has no guarantees implied. It is used primarily for data collection
and quality control on Sun Workstations running Solaris 2.5.x and 2.6, but will
also compile under Sun ... OS 4.1.X and Linux.
The PASSCAL software suite consists two types of programs: stand-alone
programs, and programs that interface with the PostgreSQL database management
system to provide a powerful tool for managing and archiving broadband data. It
is not necessary to install PostgreSQL in order run the PASSCAL stand-alone
programs, but if you plan to build a PASSCAL database, you will need to install
PostgreSQL from the PASSCAL ftp site (&ftp://ftp.passcal.nmt.edu/passcal&). If
one installs the PASSCAL suite as a package, PostgreSQL can be installed at any
time. If one chooses to compile the PASSCAL source code, PostgreSQL needs to be
installed first in order to use the database programs.
PostgreSQL is a freeware SQL-based object-relational database management
system produced and maintained by the PostgreSQL developers' group. This
enhancement of the original Postgres DBMS developed by the Database Research
group at the University of California at Berkeley.
The current PASSCAL Database (PDB) is a powerful organizing/formatting tool
for persons conducting broadband experiments. The PASSCAL database currently
uses the PostgresSQL Version 6.2.1 and object-relation DBMS that incorporates
PDB provides the PASSCAL experimentor with a set of utilities to organize
the data of their experiment and construct SEED and DataScope products for
archiving and further analysis, respectively. The PDB package provides a single
graphically driven frontend, pdbtools, to all of the command line driven
utilities in the PASSCAL software package.
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