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This appendix briefly describes how to install the WFDB Software Package
on a new system. The package includes C-language sources for the WFDB
library and for a variety of applications (see section WFDB Application Programs) including
WAVE, sources for this manual, the WFDB Applications Guide, and
the WAVE User’s Guide, and a one-minute sample record (‘100s’).
The latest version of the WFDB Software Package can always be downloaded in source form from http://physionet.org/physiotools/wfdb.shtml, the WFDB home page on PhysioNet. Binaries for popular operating systems and development snapshots are also usually available there.
The process for installing the package is the same on all platforms, and is documented in detail in the quick-start guides for the popular platforms that can be found on the WFDB home page. In brief:
gcc(the GNU Compiler Collection), related software development tools such as
make, a supported HTTP client library (either
libwww; this can be omitted if NETFILES support is not desired), the XView libraries (needed for WAVE only), and X11 (needed by XView). All of these components are free (open-source) software available for all popular platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, MS Windows, and Unix. The quick start guides list recommended packages and where to find them.
configurescript creates a customized building procedure for your system and allows you a few choices about where to install the package.
See the quick start guide for your platform for detailed step-by-step instructions.
Important: Although you may be able to compile the WFDB Software Package using a proprietary compiler, this is not supported.
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