How To Install iraf on Debian 10

In this tutorial we learn how to install iraf on Debian 10. iraf is Image Reduction and Analysis Facility

Introduction

In this tutorial we learn how to install iraf on Debian 10.

What is iraf

IRAF is the “Image Reduction and Analysis Facility”. The main IRAF distribution includes a good selection of programs for general image processing and graphics. . Other external or layered packages are available for applications such as data acquisition or handling data from other observatories and wavelength regimes such as the Hubble Space Telescope (optical), EUVE (extreme ultra-violet), or ROSAT and AXAF (X-ray). These external packages are distributed separately from the main IRAF distribution but can be easily installed. The IRAF system also the programmable Command Language scripting facility.

There are three ways to install iraf on Debian 10. We can use apt-get, apt and aptitude. In the following sections we will describe each method. You can choose one of them.

Install iraf Using apt-get

Update apt database with apt-get using the following command.

sudo apt-get update

After updating apt database, We can install iraf using apt-get by running the following command:

sudo apt-get -y install iraf

Install iraf Using apt

Update apt database with apt using the following command.

sudo apt update

After updating apt database, We can install iraf using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install iraf

Install iraf Using aptitude

If you want to follow this method, you might need to install aptitude first since aptitude is usually not installed by default on Debian. Update apt database with aptitude using the following command.

sudo aptitude update

After updating apt database, We can install iraf using aptitude by running the following command:

sudo aptitude -y install iraf

How To Uninstall iraf on Debian 10

To uninstall only the iraf package we can use the following command:

sudo apt-get remove iraf

Uninstall iraf And Its Dependencies

To uninstall iraf and its dependencies that are no longer needed by Debian 10, we can use the command below:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove iraf

Remove iraf Configurations and Data

To remove iraf configuration and data from Debian 10 we can use the following command:

sudo apt-get -y purge iraf

Remove iraf configuration, data, and all of its dependencies

We can use the following command to remove iraf configurations, data and all of its dependencies, we can use the following command:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove --purge iraf

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Summary

In this tutorial we learn how to install iraf on Debian 10 using different package management tools like apt, apt-get and aptitude.