Installing from github

Build instructions for installing from the github project are here:

Instructions below here are old and deprecated. Do not use them! (Kept for reference only.)

Installing using ilcinstall

SLIC is now installed using the ilcinstall tool, which requires Python.  Most distributions of Linux and Mac OS X should have Python installed by default.

Currently there is no support for Windows.

Obtain the installation code with:

svn co ilcinstall

You now want to edit the file examples/slic/ to set the location where the software is installed.

Edit the line:

ilcsoft_install_prefix = "/scratch/$USER/slic/"

and set the ilcsoft_install_prefix to the desired installation directory.

Next, you run the installer with:

cd ilcinstall
python ilcsoft-install -i ./examples/slic/hps-scratch.cfg

This takes a long time, as it compiles the code, including a full Geant4 distribution, and downloads a lot of data.

You may want to background the build with a command like:

nohup python ilcsoft-install -i ./examples/slic/hps-scratch.cfg >& Install.log &

If you get a Python error that states that something is not found, try unsetting your PYTHONPATH first, with "unset PYTHONPATH"

Once the build completes successfully, you can now run slic as follows: 

source /scratch/jeremym/slic/v00-00/ 
slic [args]

There are more complete instructions at the web page for IlcInstall at

Installing with Qt support

SLIC can be installed supporting Qt which can be useful when looking at geometries interactively. These instructions worked for Qt 4.8.5 and slic hps_v01-00-02 tag on a mac os x (Lion) with gcc i686-apple-darwin11-llvm-gcc-4.2

  1. Install Qt
  2. After following the above instructions but before running the ilcsoft-install commmand edit ./examples/slic/hps-scratch.cfg with

    geant4.envcmake["GEANT4_USE_QT"]='ON' # requires qt


    Note that your path to the Qt executable might be different.

  3. Complete the slic installation as per above instructions.

To use the nice visualization tool add the following to the macro:

/vis/open OGLI
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