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    Re: Nautical Almanac Method Reduction
    From: Richard B. Emerson
    Date: 2000 Nov 03, 5:47 PM

    Dan Allen writes:
     > The datafiles must be processed by programs before they are useful.  The
     > source code to these programs are on the CD.  However, the programs provided
     > are written in FORTRAN.  You must have a FORTRAN compiler on your machine in
     > order to use DE200.  There are some versions that have been translated into
     > C as well, but they are not definitive.  If you are not a programmer fluent
     > in these languages, then use of DE200 or DE405 directly is IMPOSSIBLE!
    Although FORTRAN is not for the faint of heart (we could, I suppose,
    discuss the joys of COBOL, PL/1, or that paragon of
    incomprehensibility, APL) there is a pre-compiler for FORTRAN included
    in Linux systems.  While setting up a Linux system solely access the
    ephemerides strikes me as building a steel mill to get a paper clip,
    there is that option for those so inclined.
    S/V One With The Wind, Baba 35

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