Installing POCS

A guide to installing the PANOPTES Observatory Control Software.


We have created an install script that should install all the necessary components that can be run once you have finished Installing OS.

If you are connected directly to the computer and using a desktop environment, open a Terminal from the Applications menu in order to enter the commands below.

Make sure you are connected to the internet first, then from a command line (see Command Line & The Shell) enter the following:

bash -c "$(wget -qO-"

The characters in the command above are alphabets lowercase q (for “quiet”) and uppercase O (for “Output”), not small q and zero (0).

This will fetch and run the installation script.

The installation script can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes to complete, depending on the speed of your internet connection, the exact model of Raspberry Pi you have, etc. If it has been more than an hour or so then something might have gone wrong and it's probably best to start completely from scratch with a fresh OS install (sorry!).

When the installation is complete the script will ask you to reboot. Once you have rebooted you should be able to control most aspects of your system!

Updating POCS

If you need to update the POCS software, you can run the following commands in a terminal:

cd ~/pocs
git pull

You should only need to do this when asked.

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