RCS $Id: README,v 1.20 1995/09/29 18:23:25 tuna Exp $ README file for xearth, version 1.0 Kirk Lauritz Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org> 29 September 1995 WHAT IS IT? Xearth sets the X root window to an image of the Earth, as seen from your favorite vantage point in space, correctly shaded for the current position of the Sun. By default, xearth updates the displayed image every five minutes; the time between updates can be changed using either X resources or a command line option. Xearth can also render directly into PPM and GIF files instead of drawing in the root window; see the man page for details. See the HISTORY file for a list of changes since earlier versions of xearth. IMPORTANT! This version of xearth (version 1.0) is an evolution of the only version(s) of xearth that I ever released (versions 0.5, 0.9, 0.91, and 0.92). Unfortunately, after I released version 0.5, some net.weenies chose to make some minor mods (and introduce bugs!) and "release" a bogus version 0.6 without even notifying or consulting with me; this may be the version of xearth that you are currently using. Some of the command line options supported in the bogus version 0.6 (e.g, those having to do with "geostatic") don't exist in this version -- their functionality (and more!) is available through other means. In addition, the meaning and syntax of some of the xearth command line options have changed, so you should probably give the new man page a good reading if things don't seem to be working as you expect. WHERE TO GET IT? The latest-and-greatest version of xearth should be available via anonymous ftp from cag.lcs.mit.edu:/pub/tuna (or, for those web surfers out there, via a link from the xearth WWW home page http://cag-www.lcs.mit.edu/~tuna/xearth/index.html). NOTES If you are trying to build xearth under SunOS 4.x using /bin/cc, make sure to read the section of the INSTALL file entitled "BUILDING UNDER SUNOS 4.x" regarding a compiler bug. There are a number of improvements that I'd love to make, but I really should be working on my thesis instead of hacking on this. The map information used in xearth was derived from the "CIA World Data Bank II map database," as taken from some "cbd" files that were apparently originally generated by Brian Reid at DEC WRL. Running in the background on a SPARCstation 5/70, xearth requires five to seven CPU seconds each time it redraws an image in the root window. With the default time-between-redraws of 300 seconds, I simply don't notice the extra CPU load. Your mileage may vary, of course, especially on slower machines. The Graphics Interchange Format(c) is the Copyright property of CompuServe Incorporated. GIF(sm) is a Service Mark property of CompuServe Incorporated. Thanks to Robert Berger for allowing me to include his nifty Gamma Measurement Image and associated text in the xearth source distribution. Thanks to Jamie Zawinski for suggesting that I look at his xscreensaver package for a good example of how to use the resource and command line option parts of Xt; his code saved me piles of lossage. Thanks to Chris Metcalf for the -bigstars stuff, a pile of general source code cleaning, and spell checking everything carefully. Thanks to Chris Hayward, Chris Metcalf, Sherman Mui, Dan Rich, and Leonard Zubkoff for giving the pre-release of version 1.0 a test drive. Kudos to Jef Poskanzer for his excellent PBMPLUS toolkit. Finally, thanks to everybody that sent encouragement, suggestions, and patches. Apologies to the many people whose good ideas didn't make it into this release. IDEAS FOR FUTURE WORK Better error recovery (better than "assert()", anyway). Add options/resources that specify colors other than the default green, blue, red, white, and black. Code for tracking real-life orbits ("-pos hubble"). Support for supersampling/antialiasing. AUTHOR Kirk Johnson <email@example.com> Patches, bug reports, and suggestions are welcome, although I can't guarantee that I'll get around to doing anything about them in a timely fashion. LEGAL STUFF Copyright (C) 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995 Kirk Lauritz Johnson Parts of the source code (as marked) are: Copyright (C) 1989, 1990, 1991 by Jim Frost Copyright (C) 1992 by Jamie Zawinski <firstname.lastname@example.org> Permission to use, copy, modify and freely distribute xearth for non-commercial and not-for-profit purposes is hereby granted without fee, provided that both the above copyright notice and this permission notice appear in all copies and in supporting documentation. 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