Version 3 (modified by MarcusWalther, 12 years ago) (diff)


Seismic Handler release 2011.2

Release notes

Seismic Handler uses now python helper programs. Please make sure, that you have at least python 2.5 installed. LocSAT and fk analysis software is now mandatory. The software packages are downloaded during the installation process (so you need an active internet connection).

Please read the instructions for preparing your operating system: General installation instructions. You will need administrative rights to perform the necessary changes! If you successfully compiled the SH/SHM before on your system, no changes are necessary.

Since we switched all our PC infrastructure to Linux, the software is tested only on such systems.

We are still working on a Seismic Handler version with a new graphical interface (so called SHX). The first testing release will be available in the next months.

Installation instructions

The pre-packed software archive is self-extracting (Download, md5sum 66e3e1c360312abc2cd5a2385bee86fb). Please run it from a terminal window!

  1. Please make really sure that you prepared your OS for SH/SHM.
  2. Start installation in the directory you downloaded the installation package:
    $ bash ./
  3. If you have no administrative rights, you can perform an user installation to any directory you are able to write in.
  4. LocSAT and fk are downloaded from FTP server automatically.
  5. Before performing the installation, you can alter some automatically detected settings:
    (u)  user root path:           $HOME/shfiles
    (e)  window based texteditor:  kwrite
    (c)  linux colors:             yes
    If everything is ok, start compiling by typing "i".
  6. Compilation process takes place. Please look for compiling errors.
  7. Update your environment depending on your shell (edit ~/.cshrc or ~/.bashrc respectively).
  8. Finished. If any problems are found, the temporary directory with the installation sources is kept, otherwise deleted.

If you have any problems installing SH/SHM please contact us via discussion forum or users mailing list!

Known issues

  • For a correct compilation process you have to make some changes to your os (see General installation instructions). For some linux distributions the instructions are not complete yet.
  • Ubuntu based systems from version 9.04 on have defect motif libraries. SHM will crash right after start. A solution is replacing the motif libs manually (detailed instructions).
  • Some versions of OpenSUSE ship with a defect UIL compiler. You can simply replace sh/source/motif/shm_world.uid by the file attached here.
  • On KDE systems there's a short pause after start-up of SHM.


The last official release of Seismic Handler was some years ago - but the development never stopped.

Seismological work

  • Station configuration information is additionally included from $SH_PRIVATE not only $SH_INPUTS.
  • Updated GRSN station information (plus additional stations).
  • Additional simulation filters.
  • sfdline outputs network and location code by default.
  • Channel transformation (e.g. load data with highest sampling rate available, see $SH_INPUTS/chantrans.txt).
  • Conversion tool from SeisComP3 to SH's EVT format.
  • Stand-alone program to determine the geographical region (GeographicRegion).
  • SH: Experimental network interface (undocumented).
  • SHM: Amplitude measurements on band-pass filtered traces.
  • SHM: Location dependent auto-filter.
  • SHM: Delete location menu entry.
  • SHM: Additional checks for teleseismic events (e.g. depth given, but no depth phase associated or double phases).
  • SHM: Source region is updated automatically on location change.
  • SHM: Identify Phase uses ORPHEUS XML web service.

IT issues

  • Refreshed setup process.
  • BASH environment is supported.
  • Many mseed related fixes and enhancements (100 Hz data, new formats, ...).
  • Updated support for GCF files (Güralp binary format close to MSEED).
  • Included python version of sfdline (output MSEED header information) using obspy.
  • More text editors are supported (and automatically configured).
  • If you overwrite an existing SH/SHM installation, your configuration files are backed-up.
  • Support for data-base based waveform archive.
  • Compatibility to GCC 4.x compiler.
  • 64-bit compatibility.
  • Increased length for all types of internal lists.
  • Removed support for ancient systems: VAX, VMS, DOS, ATARI, TEK, plotters, tapes, ...
  • Many bug-fixes.

If you are interested in the deep details of changes, please have a look at the detailed source code change list: [1:347/SH_SHM/trunk].