There are three areas where it might be useful to carry over specific configurations from your existing installation into the new one:
If you configured your own submission mechanism (usually in $BDG_home/submit.local) it should be possible to transfer this directly into the new installation. Probably something like the following should work:
cd /where/ever/sharp-new cp -pr /some/where/else/sharp-old/submit.local . rm sushi/submit ln -s ../submit.local sushi/submitYou might want to check for changes in the submission interface by comparing the default settings of the two installations:
diff -cr /some/where/else/sharp-old/submit /where/ever/sharp-new
If you had a list of different machines configured it might be best to redo those again - although it should be possible (in principle) to copy their configurations over. However, it is very likely that all machines are very similar to each other and maybe only differ in being e.g. 32- versus 64-bit Linux machines.
It is no longer necessary to configure each machine that the software would ever run on. There is a fallback system through some generic links (e.g. .Linux-i686, .Linux-x86_64 or plain .Linux) that will make sure that even a machine that isn't explicitely configured in the $BDG_home/machines subdirectory will fetch the most likely set of correct settings.
If there is a large database of users (in $BDG_home/users) and you don't want to re-create those:
If you have been running SHARP already for some while it is important to know some differences between these previous versions and the newer ones (SHARP < 1.4.x and/or Sushi < 3.x.x). However, by now everyone should have upgraded to this latest version of SHARP and Sushi - so are you really sure you're still running SHARP 1.3.X and Sushi 2.X?
In short: forget everything about these ...
Our previous server on lagrange.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk is completely gone and so is the whole system of user names (site ID) and passwords. So any authentication information you have will not work on any of the password protected pages on this server. For the moment, there is no central page dedicated to SHARP administrators: after downloading and installing the software all necessary information is available locally to you.
Even if you still have a valid licence you need to fill out the short request form. However, if you know your previous SHARP Site ID it would be helpful to send a short message to referencing this previous site ID and the new request ID (sent to you after submission of the licence request). Especially commercial users should get in contact with us directly through .
That's all gone. So you can install everything in any directory under any account. We discourage you from installing the software under the "root" account. Or at least try to run the httpd under a different account - ideally one which shares the UNIX group with the various users that are going to use SHARP/autoSHARP (since everything run through the httpd is owned by the user account it is running under).
In principle you could - or we could have written an awfully complicated script to carry things over, provide backwards compatibility ... the whole lot. However, since the new system has a significantly different way of managing users you will need to add each single user to the database of users anyway. Although this will set a new password the users can easily reset this to anything they want.
Again, in principle it should be possible. However, we haven't tested this extensively. Since quite some time has passed between the last SHARP/Sushi release, it might be a good time to start afresh in a new directory. This could be, of course, a sub-directory of your previous SHARP installation.
Yes. But we recommend two steps:
One note: if you try to Restart or Continue an old SHARP run it is possible that the system will complain. So try to always run a new job (ie in a new sub-directory of your sharpfiles/logfiles directory).
For technical reasons the old system is not working any more. You will have to re-subscribe via the sharp-discuss info page. We will make the archives of old postings available asap.
Try the SHARP discussion list or (in desperate cases) send an email to . In any case, it might always be a good idea to send necessary information too: attach a SIN file that gives problems, tell us about the request ID if you have installation problems etc.
Obviously, there are also the manuals and the documentation. Installation help is available online and all documents are available in the docs/bdg and docs/sharp sub-directories after installation.