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lychee is one of our servers. This document provides a full description of its services. If a service is moved to another server, please just move the corresponding description to its page.



/marksw/ contains a large selection of pre-compiled software for use by the group. Each package is found in /marksw/$NAME/$VERSION/. The source code and details of how the software was built is in /marksw/$NAME/$VERSION/SOURCE. In the bash (csh) configuration file /marksw/BASHRC (/marksw/CSHRC), is a simple shell function, module, which can be used in the following ways:

  1. module avail
  2. module $NAME/$VERSION ...

The first use lists the possible $NAME/$VERSION options for the second use. The second use simply adds for each $NAME/$VERSION argument, /marksw/$NAME/$VERSION/bin and /marksw/$NAME/$VERSION/sbin to the beginning of the contents of the PATH environment variable; /marksw/$NAME/$VERSION/lib64 and /marksw/$NAME/$VERSION/lib to the beginning of the contents of the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable; and /marksw/$NAME/$VERSION/man to the beginning of the contents of the MANPATH environment variable.

The module command is sourced in the global bash configuration file /etc/bashrc and in the global csh configuration file /etc/csh.local.


Yum Repositories

Repository Software Installed

zsh yum-utils OpenIPMI OpenIPMI-tools


Rasmol (into /opt)

  • Download source from [1]
  • tar -xzvf RasMol_Latest.tar.gz
  • cd Rasmol_2.7.4.2_23Mar08/src/
  • Edit Imakefile:
  • LDLIBS = -L/usr/lib64 '...'
  • Make sure /usr/lib64/ exists (package xforms-devel doesn't actually create symbolic links correctly)
  • ./
  • Move rasmol_32BIT to /opt/bin/rasmol

Acrobat (into /opt)

VMD (into /opt)

  • Done by Mitch/AJ

Pymol (into /opt)

Install SystemImager Image Server (for Imaging Workstations)

The following relates to the once-off installation of systemimager for serving images. See CentosWorkstation for information as to the actual use of systemimager for getting the images onto the image server for serving.


  • Root's crontab on lychee states:
0   23  *   *   sun  /marksw/scripts/0.1/backup_dir /home/
0   22  *   *   sat  updatedb 
    • This runs a very basic rsync copy of /home/ to
    • updatedb updates the file database used by the locate command

Known Issues/Solving Problems


Fedora-ds runs out of open file descriptors (default 1024) very quickly. The default value has been changed to 8192, allowing the system to survive longer but it still runs out after months. When this problem happens, all workstations freeze. Restarting fedora-ds will temporally fix the problem (/etc/init.d/fedora-ds restart and wait a little while).

See here for reference.


If lychee is rebooted, NFS mounts from clients to lychee's NFS exports get stale. To fix this, you can try on the client:

mount -o remount -a

If this doesn't work the client has to be rebooted. Lychee's NFS can be restarted by /etc/init.d/nfs restart.