Installing Radiance in Ubuntu

Francesco,

Thank you, I typed "sudo apt-get install radiance" in Terminal and it seems
that worked.

However, I have no idea what to do next.

I tried following the instructions on the Wiki you suggested, but it seems
like there are many different commands to do the same thing, and I'm not
sure which applies to me. (However I tried all of them).

Basically, after typing in "sudo apt-get install radiance" what do I type
next in order to open Radiance? (so I can start inputting the scenes from
the "Rendering With Radiance"
tutorial).

Thanks,
Nick

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Hello,

I'm aware of a pretty recent thread addressing installation of Radiance on
Ubuntu, but I am a brand new user of Ubuntu, so I do not even know where to
start to install Radiance. I've only used Windows before, and I have no
programming background so I'm sure I'm just looking at this the wrong way.
That aside...

I downloaded and extracted "rad3R9_linux.tar.gz" to the folder
"rad3R9_linux" to my desktop. I'm using the Ubuntu GUI called Gnome (I
think). I just installed the Ubuntu LTS Desktop Edition version 8.04.

Inside the rad3R9 folder seems to be no installation file (again, I'm
thinking like a Windows user). I understand there should be some time of
command line for Ubuntu... can someone get me started with a few steps or
point me to a link that might have some step-by-step instructions for the
Ubuntu/Radiance novice?

Thank you,
Nick
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Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 00:17:18 +0100
From: Francesco Anselmo <[email protected]>
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Hi Nick,

I would suggest to start experiencing with the linux/unix terminal:
you'll see that you will use it quite a lot with Radiance! :wink:

Just open a terminal window (Application/Terminal or Alt-F2 and type
"gnome-terminal")
and write

sudo apt-get install radiance

The apt package manager downloads a precompiled radiance package, so
that
you don't have to compile or extract the Radiance binaries yourself.

Alternatively you can use the Synaptic package manager, accessible
from the System/Administration menu.

Look for the radiance packages, and install them.

That's all! Oh well, that's just the beginning.
There should be some radiance examples in the /usr/share/radiance
folder,
or something similar. Try to familiarise with them and buy yourself
the Radiance bible:
http://radsite.lbl.gov/radiance/book/
http://tinyurl.com/67hw9r

HTH.

Francesco

PS: There is a relatively new Radiance wiki with some minimal
information at the moment,
http://www.bozzograo.net/radiancewiki/doku.php
I hope that it grows in the future, feel free to add anything to it
while
you are experimenting.
Ciao, F.

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Nick Calcagni wrote:

Basically, after typing in "sudo apt-get install radiance" what do I type next in order to open Radiance? (so I can start inputting the scenes from the "Rendering With Radiance"
tutorial).

Hi Nick,

Oh, you just double-click the Radiance icon. Not really. =8-)

You will find that Radiance is actually a large collection of command line tools that you interact with more in a terminal window rather than a more traditional GUI/window/menu interface. Actually, if you have the Rendering with Radiance book and tutorials, you can simply follow those and you will see how it all comes together. Once you get used to the lack of menus, you will actually find it quite liberating, since you will discover that Radiance is a box of tools waiting to be told what to do for you. You can use scripts to create various rendering and calculation engines that can produce a lot of useful data.

Good luck, and be sure and use this list (and the archives) as a resource for your explorations with Radiance. I've been using the software regularly for seven years now and still haven't scratched the surface. Have fun!

- Rob Guglielmetti
www.rumblestrip.org

Here's a bit of copy+past from a recent message (regular readers
might have a deja-vu experience here):

First you have to get an idea about what Radiance is. I'd recommend
to read and follow the documents linked on this page:

  http://luminance.londonmet.ac.uk/learnix/docs.shtml

This should give you a good understanding of the basic interaction between
the Radiance tools. Further you can download a lot of e-papers from

  http://radsite.lbl.gov/radiance/framer.html

Some of these documents are a bit dated but the principles have not changed.

That should keep you busy for a while.

Further notes on Ubuntu/Linux:

If you're new to Linux/Unix you have to become familiar with the command
line and a friendly text editor of your choice. There're a lot of books available
that will make you an Unix guru in 7 days for $9.95. Just pick one.

On Ubuntu (or Debian etc) you should check /usr/share/doc/radiance
or where ever the distribution stores the docs. In particular search for
the notes about renaming of applications (genbox -> genrbox in particular)
or you won't have much fun with the old tutorials. Radiance comes with
a bunch of PDFs and text files which are worth reading.

Then read the man pages for the most interesting apps:
rad, rpict, rtrace, oconv, ximage, rvu. They contain examples of their use
and all together should give you an idea about how things are supposed
to work.

Regards,
Thomas

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On 7 Jul 2008, at 23:10, Nick Calcagni wrote:

Basically, after typing in "sudo apt-get install radiance" what do I type
next in order to open Radiance? (so I can start inputting the scenes from
the "Rendering With Radiance" tutorial).

On Ubuntu (or Debian etc) you should check /usr/share/doc/radiance
or where ever the distribution stores the docs. In particular search for
the notes about renaming of applications (genbox -> genrbox in particular)
or you won't have much fun with the old tutorials. Radiance comes with
a bunch of PDFs and text files which are worth reading.

The file to read is /usr/share/doc/radiance/README.Debian
(that's the common filename if you're looking for Debian related changes
of packages, either README.Debian or README.Debian.gz in
/usr/share/doc/packagename)
If anybody is interested, you can also read it here:
http://git.recluse.de/?p=debian/pkg-radiance.git;a=blob;f=debian/README.Debian;h=75eb43346a9c9094197a4b312b7e9fd49548d238;hb=HEAD

The pdf files, examples and other documentation are packaged in the
radiance-doc package, if you're looking for the materials (needed for
the examples), install radiance-materials.

Best regards,

Bernd

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