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3Customizing EXPGUI and Associated Programs
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11Customizing EXPGUI and Associated Programs</H2></CENTER>
12
13The EXPGUI GSAS graphical user interface can be modified in many
14ways quite easily.
15This document describes how the GUI works and how to modify the menus without
16significant reprogramming.
17<P>
18<H3>EXPGUI</H3>
19The main GUI is created by file expgui, which in turn uses the following files
20sequentially:
21<UL>
22<LI><TT>readexp.tcl</TT>
23<LI><TT>gsascmds.tcl</TT>
24<LI><TT>gsasmenu.tcl</TT>
25</UL>
26Two additional files are read if they are found:
27<UL>
28<LI><TT>localconfig</TT>
29<LI><TT>.gsas_config</TT>
30</UL>
31<P>The first three files,
32(<TT>readexp.tcl</TT>, <TT>gsascmds.tcl</TT>, <TT>gsasmenu.tcl</TT>)
33must be located in the same directory where the <TT>expgui</TT> file is found.
34The <TT>localconfig</TT> file also is read from this directory, if it exists.
35The final file, <TT>.gsas_config</TT>, is read from the user's login directory (UNIX) or <TT>C:\</TT> (Windows).
36The <TT>localconfig</TT> and <TT>.gsas_config</TT> are intended to
37contain system-wide and user-level default values for parameters
38that are described in this document. Most routines have
39a "Save Options" command that writes some of the current parameters to
40file  <TT>.gsas_config</TT>. Note that information in <TT>.gsas_config</TT>
41overrides that in <TT>localconfig</TT>.
42No error occurs if either of these files are not found.
43
44<P>
45The <TT>readexp.tcl</TT> and <TT>gsascmds.tcl</TT> files contain
46tcl procedures that are
47used for more than one application, so it is convenient to place them
48in separate files. They are only of interest to someone trying to debug
49or add new functionality to expgui.
50<P>
51The <TT>gsasmenu.tcl</TT> file defines the contents of the
52menu bar, the contents of the
53button bar and definitions for each command. The contents of this file
54are designed to be modified and extended by users, either by editing the file,
55or by overridding definitions in the <TT>localconfig</TT> or
56<TT>.gsas_config</TT> files.
57
58The important variables defined in the <TT>gsasmenu.tcl</TT> file are:
59<DL><DL>
60<DT>expgui(menunames)<DD>
61This list defines the menu bar headings other than File, Options & Help
62<DT>expgui_menulist<DD>
63Each array element, e.g. expgui_menulist(file) and expgui_menulist(powder),
64defines commands to be added to a menu heading. Each command will appear
65as an array element in expgui_cmdlist.
66<DT>expgui_cmdlist<DD>
67Each array element, e.g. expgui_cmdlist(Save) or expgui_cmdlist(expnam)
68contains two items. The first defines a tcl procedure to be executed
69when the command is invoked, or "-" if no command will be invoked and
70the second contains help information describing what the command does.
71Note that when menu item is selected the variable cmd is set to the
72name of the command, so
73<PRE>
74    expgui_cmdlist(powpref) {{runGSASwEXP $cmd} {Powder data preparation}}
75</PRE>
76means that "runGSASwEXP powpref" will be invoked when powpref is invoked.
77. For example, when powpref is selected, the tcl command
78"runGSASwEXP $cmd" is invoked, where variable cmd is set to "powpref".
79<DT>expgui(buttonlist)<DD>
80This list defines the commands that will appear on the button bar where
81each item that appears on the button bar must have a matching pair of entries
82in expgui_cmdlist.
83Thus if the command
84<PRE>
85   set expgui(buttonlist) {expnam expedt genles ortep fourier forsrh forplot lstview}
86</PRE>
87is placed in the <TT>localconfig</TT> or <TT>.gsas_config</TT> files this will
88redefine the contents of the button bar.
89</DL></DL>
90
91In addition to the variables defined in the previous file, expgui, uses
92a small number of array for other configuration options. They are:
93<DL><DL>
94
95<DT>expgui(scriptdir)<DD>
96This determines where files such as <TT>readexp.tcl</TT>, etc.
97are located. This defaults to the location where <TT>expgui</TT> is located so
98it rarely needs to be changed.
99
100<DT>expgui(gsasdir)<DD>
101This contains the location of the GSAS directory, if it is not the
102parent director where expgui is found.
103This determines where a number of GSAS data files will be located. If expedt
104crashes when you try to add new atoms, this is probably wrong.
105
106<DT>expgui(gsasexe)<DD>
107This determines where the GSAS executable files are located.
108You might want to change this is you keep multiple versions of GSAS
109around or if you keep the GSAS files in a different location than
110the default or want to keep the tcl files somewhere other than
111in a subdirectory of the GSAS files.
112
113<DT>expgui(coordfont)<DD>
114Sets the font used for the coordinates scroll box
115
116<DT>expgui(histfont)<DD>
117Sets the font used for the histogram scroll box
118
119<DT>liveplot(hst)<DD>
120Sets the default histogram used for liveplot
121
122<DT>liveplot(legend)<DD>
123Sets the default value for display of the legend in liveplot
124
125</DL></DL>
126
127The following variables are written to <tt>.gsas_config</tt> when
128"Save Options" is used. These variables are all set from the GUI and therefore
129do not need to be edited manually.
130
131<DL><DL>
132<DT>expgui(archive)<DD>
133This defines the default state for the archive flag,
134where 0 is off and 1 is on. When archive is on, a copy of the .EXP file
135is saved before a new version of the file is saved and before EXPEDT is run.
136
137<DT>expgui(asorttype)<DD>
138This determines the atom sort mode.
139
140<DT>expgui(hsorttype)<DD>
141This determines the histogram sort mode.
142
143<DT>expgui(filesort)<DD>
144This determines the file sorting mode for the expnam command.
145
146<DT>env(GSASBACKSPACE)<DD>
147Used only for UNIX: This determines if the default definition
148for the backspace key is overridden; some UNIX systems need this so that
149expedt and other terminal-oriented programs work correctly and
150other systems do not. You can toggle this option using the "sets an environment variable needed by the "Override Backspace" option on the file menu.
151
152</DL></DL>
153
154<HR><H3>LSTVIEW</H3>
155The <TT>localconfig</TT> and <TT>.gsas_config</TT> files are read, if present.
156The following options are available for customization in these files:
157<DL><DL>
158<DT>txtvw(menulength)<DD>
159This limits the number of entries that can
160exist in a menu. For example, the default is 25, so when more than 25 cycles
161are found in a .LST file, only the last 25 are listed in the
162"Go To"/cycle submenu.
163<DT>txtvw(maxchars)<DD>
164This limits the maximum number of
165characters that will be read from an existing .LST file to speed
166the start of the program. The default is ~1Mb
167for UNIX systems and ~200K for Windows.
168</DL></DL>
169
170The following variable is written to <tt>.gsas_config</tt> when
171"Save Options" is used. These variable is set from the GUI and therefore
172does not need to be edited manually.
173
174<DL><DL>
175<DT>txtvw(followcycle)<DD>
176This sets the initial value for the
177"Auto Advance" button in the "Go To" menu. When this is true,
178the program will show the last cycle in the file. As new cycles are
179added, the "view" is advanced.
180</DL></DL>
181
182One additional variable is present that I don't suggest using at present:
183<UL>
184<LI>plotvars: I am in the process of developing code that tracks
185and plots shifts and R values as a function cycle number. Setting plotvars to 1
186allows this code to be tested.
187</LI></UL>
188
189<hr><H3>LIVEPLOT</H3><A NAME="liveplot"></A>
190The <TT>localconfig</TT> and <TT>.gsas_config</TT> files are read, if present.
191<P>
192The following options are available for customization in these files:
193<DL><DL>
194<DT>peakinfo(color<i>n</i>)<DD>
195These variables define the default colors for
196reflections in phase "<i>n</i>"
197</DL></DL>
198
199The following variables are written to <tt>.gsas_config</tt> when
200"Save Options" is used. These variables are all set from the GUI and therefore
201do not need to be edited manually.
202
203<DL><DL>
204<DT>graph(printout)<DD>
205This is set to 1 if PostScript files
206will be printed and 0 if they will be written to disk (for Windows all
207files should be written to disk).
208
209<DT>graph(outname)<DD>
210This is the default for the file name used
211when PostScript files will be written to disk.
212
213<DT>graph(outcmd)<DD>
214This is the default for the command used
215to print PostScript files (Unix only).
216
217<DT>graph(legend)<DD>
218Sets the default value for display of the legend in liveplot and widplt.
219
220</DL></DL>
221
222<P>
223<B>Combining CMPR and EXPGUI.</B>
224If you have <A HREF="http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/~toby/cmpr.html">CMPR</A>
225installed on your computer, you can use superimpose on the GSAS results
226the peaks for an arbitrary unit cell. If desired, space group extinctions
227can even be shown.
228This is pretty neat! To enable this feature, you must have a version
229of CMPR downloaded after 4 May 1998
230<A HREF="http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/~toby/cmpr.html">
231(see the CMPR installation instructions.)</A>
232For UNIX, create a link from in the expgui
233directory to file cellgen.tcl in the CMPR directory. For example:
234<PRE>
235         ln -s /usr/local/cmpr/cellgen.tcl /usr/local/gsas/expgui/cellgen.tcl
236</PRE>
237For Windows, copy all the CMPR .tcl and .exe files into the expgui directory.
238<P>
239<B>Combining LOGIC and EXPGUI.</B>
240If you have <A HREF="http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/~toby/logic.html">LOGIC</A>
241installed on your computer, you can superimpose peaks
242for a entry from the ICDD/JCPDS database on a pattern in LIVEPLOT.
243This is also pretty neat!
244To enable this feature, you must have
245a version of LOGIC downloaded after 4 May 1998
246<A HREF="http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/~toby/logic.html">
247(see the LOGIC installation instructions.)</A>
248For UNIX, create a link from in the GSAS GUI
249directory to file icddcmd.tcl in the LOGIC directory. For example:
250<PRE>
251         ln -s /usr/local/powdersuite/icddcmd.tcl /usr/local/gsas/tcl/icddcmd.tcl
252</PRE>
253For Windows, copy all the LOGIC files into the expgui directory.
254<HR>
255<H3>WIDPLT</H3>
256The widplt script is used to display the FWHM for one or more histograms
257from a .EXP file.
258At this point it only works for CW data.
259It is often convenient to add for reference the expected
260instrumental curves as options to the menu. This can be done by creating a
261file called widplot_<i>name</i>. For example, renaming the
262<tt>example_widplt_BT1</tt> file supplied with the distribution to
263<tt>widplt_BT1</tt> will cause the FWHM curves for the NIST BT-1 instrument
264to be added to the menu of defined FWHM values.
265<P>
266Creating such a file is easy. To add a entry define the following
267five array elements using a single, unique element name and then append that
268element name to variable datalist.
269Define
270<PRE>
271    set UVWP(Ge15) {398.5 -343.2  163.0 0}
272    set XY(Ge15) {0 0}
273    set wave(Ge15) 2.0775
274    set lblarr(Ge15) "BT-1 Ge(311) 15'"
275    set ttrange(Ge15) "5 160"
276    lappend datalist Ge15
277</PRE>
278Array element UVWP(item) contains the (Gaussian) GU, GV, GW and GP values,
279while XY(item) contains the (Lorentzian) LX and LY terms. Array element
280wave(item) contains a wavelength, array element lblarr(item) contains
281the text to be shown on the "Plot Contents" menu and ttrange(item)
282defines the range the function is valid.
283<P>
284The following variables are written to <tt>.gsas_config</tt> when
285"Save Options" is used. These variables are all set from the GUI and therefore
286do not need to be edited manually.
287
288<DL><DL>
289<DT>graph(printout)<DD>
290This is set to 1 if PostScript files
291will be printed and 0 if they will be written to disk (for Windows all
292files should be written to disk).
293
294<DT>graph(outname)<DD>
295This is the default for the file name used
296when PostScript files will be written to disk.
297
298<DT>graph(outcmd)<DD>
299This is the default for the command used
300to print PostScript files (Unix only).
301
302<DT>graph(legend)<DD>
303Sets the default value for display of the legend in liveplot and widplt.
304
305<DT>graph(plotunits)<DD>
306Sets the units used for displaying the data. Values are "d", "q", "",
307for d-space, Q and 2-theta, respectively.
308<DT>graph(equivwave)<DD>
309Sets the wavelength used for displaying data, if blank, no conversion is
310done and data are shown in their original wavelength.
311</DL></DL>
312
313<hr>
314GSAS is written by Allen C. Larson and <A HREF="http://lansce.lanl.gov/lujan/staff12/vondreele.htm">
315Robert B. Von Dreele</A>, MS-H805,
316Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545. Problems, questions
317or kudos concerning GSAS should be sent to Robert B. Von Dreele at <A HREF="MAILTO:vondreele@lanl.gov">vondreele@lanl.gov</A>
318
319<P>This GUI is written by Brian H. Toby of the NIST Center for Neutron Research,
320<A HREF="MAILTO:Brian.Toby@NIST.GOV">Brian.Toby@NIST.GOV</A>.
321
322<P>GSAS is Copyright, 1984-1997, The Regents of the University of California.
323The GSAS software was produced under a U.S. Government contract (W-7405-ENG-36)
324by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is operated by the University
325of California for the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government is
326licensed to use, reproduce, and distribute this software. Permission is
327granted to the public to copy and use this software without charge, provided
328that this notice and any statement of authorship are reproduced on all
329copies. Neither the Government nor the University makes any warranty, express
330or implied, or assumes any liability or responsibility for the use of this
331software.
332
333<P>The GUI is not subject to copyright. Have fun.
334
335<P>Brian Toby (<A HREF="MAILTO:Brian.Toby@NIST.GOV">Brian.Toby@NIST.GOV)</A>
336<BR>
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