This page is maintaned for historical reference, as the UAS group was
dissolved in 2000. The links on the rest of the page, as well as
the email addresses, are mainly defunct.
Many of the products listed on this page are now supported to some
level by the CSI group,
(see the "Products We Support" link).
Many others are included in a software distribution from The Written Word Inc.
whose installation on site is described here.
Some of them have been dropped entirely.
OSS Dept -
Computing Division -
Fermi at Work -
Fermi Home Page -
Welcome to the User Application Support (UAS) group home page.
Community-Support mailing lists!
Several mailing lists have been established so that the user community can more effectively help
each other to use the available software tools and utilities.
Got a question? Look at the community support mailing lists.
If you can't find an appropriate list, We recommend that you send mail to email@example.com or call x2345, but
you may also contact the UAS group directly by sending mail to
Software We Provide:
Use upc to check the status
of your favorite UPS product (i.e., which versions are available in kits and/or on fnalu, which versions are
"current" or "test" or unchained, etc.).
See the fnal.announce.products and/or
fnal.announce.unix newsgroups for recent product release information.
The software packages we support fully include:
We also make various software packages available, without providing
full support for them (user consulting for these is generally handled via
the community support
mailing lists). These include:
FUE - the core products of the
Fermi User Environment
login shells (
and scripting languages and tools (
Freeware compilers and debuggers
and news readers
the fermitpu extensions,
is a very popular editor, supported and developed by members of the PAT department.
and web servers
auxiliary web products
word processing utilities
We do NOT provide
X terminal, or
Computer Simulation support; these are
supported by the PAT
(Physics Analysis Tools) Department. We also do not support the
Additional Resources and Documentation for UAS Products:
- A checklist of steps that
OSS members should take when preparing
products for distribution -- this includes packaging the product to ups
standards for distribution from fnkits.fnal.gov via
upd, as well as the additional beaureaucratic overhead of
news postings, documentation, etc.
- A snapshot of the
products we have released
in ups v4 format -- all of which include instances which will run on Linux. (November 1998)
- The directions we are taking, and why,
with /usr/local/products links. (October 1998)
Closely related: Trampoline files
for shell scripting languages. How do we meet all of the following requirements, within the FUE environment?
- must be able to install and use multiple concurrent versions of the product
- must be able to run a particular version when requested (via setup)
- must be able to run a "default" version from a static, known location without requiring setup
- Y2K statement from UAS. In particular,
fmb is a product that is mission-critical and will need to be tested.
- UAS Policy and Priorities
regarding supported platforms. (September 1998)
- General Documentation (look here first!)
and information about offline applications. Or browse the
product documentation area.
- UPC (Product Status Report), where you can get detailed information on
the status of any product(s) you wish.
- UAS reports from the Unix User Meetings.
Other presentations from Unix User Meetings (held monthly).
(Well, they used to be held monthly; they haven't been held regularly for quite some time, and
UAS hasn't had any presentations other than product status updates, since 1997.
- UNIX Resources, which lists many
other sources of information about UNIX, including the
UNIX at Fermilab manual.
- Email and You, a presentation given in
April 1997 concerning: the alias fnalu, what it means and when you should (and shouldn't!) use it; some information
about your .forward file; and information on how to move your PINE mail from the system spool area to your own home area
(a very good idea!).
Projects We Support:
Useful Reference Places:
- CD Documentation and Software, which describes
the various places wherein one may find useful information about software
- CD Documentation DB, a searchable database
of Computing Division documents
- Build Machines: a list of the officially
designated machines where the UAS (and other groups') products are compiled and linked.
Members of UAS:
Our mission is to:
Mail comments about this page to
- obtain and/or develop "general purpose" UNIX offline software utilities,
- assemble these into standard FUE-compliant software packages,
- make them available to the Fermi user community through kits distribution,
- install packages as required on the fnalu general purpose UNIX cluster,
- provide consulting on the installation (and, frequently, the use) of said packages on other clusters,
- develop and/or maintain the necessary infrastructure to perform the above duties.
Last Modified by Lauri Loebel Carpenter on 13 January 2000.