Professor installation


If you have access to the CERN AFS file system you can try to use a version of Professor installed under /afs/

Required packages

The base system for parametrisation requires:

gcc >=4.6
Compiler, C++11 compatible
Eigen 3
Linear algebra — headers only, version 3.26 and later recommended

In order to use the Professor tools you will need the following external packages:

For the Python extensions
iMinuit is used to interface with the well known MINUIT package.

Some plotting tools require matplotlib to produce output.

prof2-I requires the wxWindows backend for matplotlib.

Installing Professor

The latest release of professor can always be found here.

Extract the tarball and compile as such:


To make the Professor scripts and modules available you have several options:

  1. Quick and dirty: Add the bin directory to your $PATH and professor to your $PYTHONPATH by doing:

    export PATH="/path/to/bin:$PATH"
    export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="/path/to/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH"
    export PYTHONPATH="/path/to/pyext/professor/:$PYTHONPATH"

    in your shell (for C-shells the above commands must be modified). This should allow you to run the Professor scripts from the command line, e.g.:

    prof2-tune -h

    To make this persistent between shell sessions you can add the above lines to your shell’s runtime configuration, e.g. $HOME/.bashrc.

  2. More systematic: Alternatively, you can use the script that is distributed with Professor and offers the usual options, try:

    ./ --help

    in the trunk directory.

    --prefix allows you to give a directory under which Professor is installed similar to the usual .configure && make && make install triple jump, e.g.:

    ./ --prefix $HOME/local install

    will install the scripts in $HOME/local/bin and the modules in $HOME/local/lib/pythonXY/site-packages/ where XY is the Python version available at this instance.