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Harminv is designed to run on any Unix-like system (GNU/Linux is fine), and uses a configure script to make it easy to install. However, you do need a couple of prerequisites:


However, you do need a couple of prerequisites:

Basic Linear Algebra Subroutines (matrix-multiplications, etcetera), following a standard interface, for use by LAPACK (see below). There are many optimized versions of BLAS available, e.g. a free library called ATLAS or OpenBLAS.

A standard, free, linear-algebra package. Note that the default configuration script looks for LAPACK by linking with -llapack. This means that the library must be called liblapack.a and be installed in a standard directory like /usr/local/lib (alternatively, you can specify another directory via the LDFLAGS environment variable; see below).

Often, you will install an optimized implementation of BLAS; an excellent choice is the free OpenBLAS library, which also includes LAPACK.

Compiling from Git

Most users should download an official Harminv release (a prepackaged .tar.gz file). If you are installing from the raw git repository (rather than downloading a .tar.gz release), then you will also need

and run


where is a script included with Harminv that re-generates the configure script and other necessary files.

Compiling Harminv

Given the above, you can compile and install harminv. Harminv comes with a GNU-style configure script, so on Unix-like systems compilation is ideally just a matter of:


and then switching to root and running:

make install

By default, this installs under /usr/local, i.e. in /usr/local/bin etcetera. You can change this by passing the standard --prefix=dir option to configure. Other configure options can be found by running ./configure --help.

In order to compile, harminv requires either:

  • An ANSI C compiler supporting complex numbers, as defined in the ANSI C99 standard (or a reasonable approximation thereof). For example, gcc-2.95 with GNU libc is fine.
  • A C++ compiler supporting the complex standard template class.

The configure script looks for a C compiler with complex numbers first, and then, if that fails, for a C++ compiler. You can force it to use C++ by passing --with-cxx to configure.

If you need to, you can have further control over the configure script's behavior by setting enviroment variables, by passing VARIABLE=VALUE arguments to configure. This can be useful especially if you have libraries installed in nonstandard locations (e.g. in your home directory, if you are not a system administrator), to tell the compiler where to look. The most common variables to set are:

  • CC: the C compiler command
  • CFLAGS: the C compiler flags
  • CXX: the C++ compiler command
  • CXXFLAGS: the C++ compiler flags
  • F77: the Fortran 77 compiler command. Important: if you have more than one Fortran compiler, use the same compiler here as you used for BLAS/LAPACK.
  • FFLAGS: the Fortran 77 compiler flags
  • CPPFLAGS: -I''dir'' flags to tell the C compiler additional places to look for header files.
  • LDFLAGS: -L''dir'' flags to tell the linker additional places to look for libraries.
  • LIBS: additional libraries to link against.