[GRASS-user] Re: grassuser Digest, Vol 10, Issue 46

Ramu Narayanan ramu.nm at gmail.com
Fri Feb 23 00:37:01 EST 2007

I am also new to GRASS and had a similar problem.  This is what I did to get
it to work.  Try the following in the x-terminal:


where GISDBASE is the path to the directory that contains the spearfish
database and LOCATION='spearfish60', MAPSET='user1'
This should open GRASS in text mode.  you can then type 'gis.m' to open the
gui windows.  Further details are in the linked thread:



On 2/22/07, Bryan Main <bryan.main at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am new to GRASS and have been having problems with the running of
> grass.  I have installed the grass6.2.2cvs from the site on a Ubuntu
> 6.0.6.  I can get to the screen where it asks the location and
> mapsets.  I have loaded the mapset for spearfish60 to play with and
> get used to grass.  However after I get to where the button to "Enter
> GRASS" come available and press it I get the following:
> WELCOME TO GRASS              Version 6.2.2cvs         2006
>    1) Have at your side all available GRASS tutorials
>    2) When working on your location, the following materials
>       are extremely useful:
>       - A topo map of your area
>       - Current catalog of available computer maps
>    3) Check the GRASS webpages for feedback mailinglists and more:
>       http://grass.itc.it/
>        http://grass.ibiblio.edu/
> Hit RETURN to continue
> Starting GRASS ...
> /usr/local/grass6.2.2cvs-x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu-10_02_2007/etc/Init.sh:
> line 5 67:
> /usr/local/grass6.2.2cvs-x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu-10_02_2007/bin/g.gisenv:
> c annot execute binary file
> /usr/local/grass6.2.2cvs-x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu-10_02_2007/etc/Init.sh:
> line 5 68:
> /usr/local/grass6.2.2cvs-x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu-10_02_2007/bin/g.gisenv:
> c annot execute binary file
> /usr/local/grass6.2.2cvs-x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu-10_02_2007/etc/Init.sh:
> line 5 69:
> /usr/local/grass6.2.2cvs-x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu-10_02_2007/bin/g.gisenv:
> c annot execute binary file
> /usr/local/grass6.2.2cvs-x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu-10_02_2007/etc/Init.sh:
> line 5 75:
> /usr/local/grass6.2.2cvs-x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu-10_02_2007/etc/lock:
> canno t execute binary file
> Unable to properly access ///.gislock
> Please notify system personal.
> and it kicks me out.  I don't know what else to try as I've tried to
> find some of the needed libs, but none will unpack as they say I'm
> missing the libc6, which I have unpacked on my machine but I still get
> the same error messages.  I have been trying for about a week on and
> off trying to figure out what I need or don't need.  I have some
> limited Linux experience, and most of that is from 7-8+ years ago in
> college.  The laptop I plan to be working on will not be connected to
> the Internet as I have seen the Ubuntu site say it should be.
> I am willing to switch Linux versions if need be as I had an older
> copy of Fedora 4 that I also tried to install GRASS on, but I couldn't
> get past the install.  So if there is a better Linux to run GRASS on
> to where I can buy a book and install CD instead of downloading I
> would prefer that.  I hope that I am just missing something minor that
> will allow me to work with what I have.  I am willing to learn what I
> need to, I just can't seem to find the right information that I need.
> The next item I wanted to ask about is where I might be able to obtain
> GRASS data for Ireland.  I'm looking for the following: Coastline of
> Ireland, contours, archaeological sites, waterways, county lines,
> roadways and cities.  The last three are the least important.  I would
> like to do personal research using a GIS of Ireland.
> I should also introduce myself.  I have a BS in Geography/Cartography,
> though that was 1995.  I have used MapInfo, ArcInfo (DOS), and am
> currently doing aeronautical charts.  I also took a few C courses
> after graduation so I have a bit of programing experience.  I have
> been wanting to do my own research using a GIS for years, and finally
> I bought a computer so I could start.
> Hopefully someone can give me a hand.  Thank you,
> Bryan Main
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