Star Catalog Updates failure

Asked by Sophonetus on 2010-01-04

I downloaded all the star catalog updates 1 tru 5, but the updates are not showing in the program. So, I re-started Stellarium after each download, and the same thing happened: the star catalog update window shows updates 1 to 5 still pending to be downloaded. At this time the program is not able to detect the updates, even if they are present somewhere in my hardrive.

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Bogdan Marinov (daggerstab) said : #1

If you are using Ubuntu or some other package-based Linux distribution, you can EITHER:

Run Ubuntu as an administrator/root and download them again. Just open a terminal and type:

gksudo stellarium

This will install the catalogs for all users using this computer.

OR

Copy the /stars directory from /usr/share/stellarium/ to ~/.stellarium/ and then run Stellarium to download the catalogs.

OR

Since you have already downloaded the catalogs, the files themselves should be in ~/.stellarium/stars/default

Copy the stars.ini file from /usr/share/stellarium/stars/default to ~/.stellarium/stars/default, then edit it to add the new catalog files, following the format of the first four default entries.

Both the second and the third option will install the catalogs only for your user profile.

If you are not using Ubuntu or a similar Linux distribution, please specify your operating system.

Sophonetus (ocdowning) said : #2

Thank you for your prompt response. The operating systems affected by this problem are Windows XP SP2 and MAC OS 10.

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> Your question #96094 on Stellarium changed:
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> Status: Open => Answered
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> Bogdan Marinov proposed the following answer:
> If you are using Ubuntu or some other package-based Linux distribution,
> you can EITHER:
>
> Run Ubuntu as an administrator/root and download them again. Just open a
> terminal and type:
>
> gksudo stellarium
>
> This will install the catalogs for all users using this computer.
>
> OR
>
> Copy the /stars directory from /usr/share/stellarium/ to ~/.stellarium/
> and then run Stellarium to download the catalogs.
>
> OR
>
> Since you have already downloaded the catalogs, the files themselves
> should be in ~/.stellarium/stars/default
>
> Copy the stars.ini file from /usr/share/stellarium/stars/default to
> ~/.stellarium/stars/default, then edit it to add the new catalog files,
> following the format of the first four default entries.
>
> Both the second and the third option will install the catalogs only for
> your user profile.
>
> If you are not using Ubuntu or a similar Linux distribution, please
> specify your operating system.
>
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Bogdan Marinov (daggerstab) said : #3

Well, the same advice applies on both platforms. Try to run Stellarium as an administrator if possible.

If not, you'll have to copy and/or edit the files as per my answer above. The only different thing are the locations of the user data directory and the installation directory.

For Windows XP, instead of ~/.stellarium/, the user data directory should be something like this:

C:\Documents and Settings\YourUserName\Application Data\Stellarium

You may need to turn on "Show hidden files or folders" in order to find it.

The original "stars" directory can be found in Stellarium's directory in C:\Program Files, or wherever you have installed it.

For Mac OS X, instead of ~/.stellarium/, the user data directory should be something like this:

$HOME/Library/Preferences/Stellarium

where $HOME is your home directory.

I'm not sure exactly where is Stellarium's installation directory on a Mac, but I think you can find it.

If you are reading this message as an e-mail, note that it has been sent automatically - my original comment is on Stellarium's Q&A page at Launchpad.net.

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