System-specific Set-up for Users

This chapter describes the setup for a user of PSyclone. It includes all steps necessary to be able to use PSyclone. And while you could obviously do some development, none of the required tools for testing or documentation creation will be installed.

The System-specific Developer Set-up in the Developers’ Guide describes the additional installation of all required tools to run tests and create documentation.

Detailed instructions are provided for Ubuntu 16.04.2 and OpenSUSE 42.2 - if you are working with a different Linux distribution some adjustments will be necessary. You will need a terminal window open in which to enter the commands.

Installing dependencies

Most required dependencies are installed from the Python Package Index ( using the program pip (“PIP Installs Packages”). Besides pip it is also recommended to install the graphviz package to be able to visualise dependency graphs. This is optional and the associated routine will silently return if the graphviz bindings are not installed.

Installing dependencies on Ubuntu

On Ubuntu pip and graphviz are installed using apt-get. Remember that graphviz is optional and that you’ll need to install the graphviz package in addition to the Python bindings.

> sudo apt-get install python-pip graphviz

Installing dependencies on OpenSUSE

The vanilla OpenSUSE installation includes pip for Python 3. Note that the graphviz package is installed by default.

> sudo zypper install python-pip

Installing PSyclone

Change your working directory to where you would like to place the code and download the latest stable release of PSyclone.

> wget
> gunzip 2.3.1.tar.gz
> tar xf 2.3.1.tar
> rm 2.3.1.tar
> cd PSyclone-2.3.1
> export PYTHONPATH=`pwd`/src:${PYTHONPATH}
> export PATH=`pwd`/bin:${PATH}

This sets up your python path and path appropriately. You may want to set these paths permanently (e.g. by editing your ${HOME}/.bashrc file if you run the BASH shell). You can also use the latest version using git, as described in Installing PSyclone From GitHub.

Common installation

To avoid warnings during the dependency installation, it is recommended to update pip to the latest version:

> sudo pip install --upgrade pip

Next you need to install the fparser, pyparsing and sympy packages:

> sudo pip install fparser pyparsing sympy


With pip it is possible to install packages either system-wide (which requires root privileges) as above, or for a single user only (in ~/.local). While the latter is only useful for one particular user, it means that PSyclone can be installed using pip without needing root privileges. In order to install a package for a user, add the –user command line option to all pip commands. This flag requests that the packages be installed locally for the current user rather than requiring root access:

> pip install --user fparser pyparsing sympy

You may remove the use of sudo and add the --user option to all pip commands described in this document.

Uninstalling is simply a matter of doing:

> sudo pip uninstall fparser pyparsing sympy

PSyclone supports the ability to output a schedule dependency graph using the graphviz package. This is optional and the associated routine will silently return if the graphviz bindings are not installed. If you have the graphviz package installed (see especially section Installing dependencies on Ubuntu if you are on Ubuntu), you also need to install the python bindings to the graphviz package:

> sudo pip install graphviz

If you just want to use PSyclone then you’ve installed all you need and you are ready to go to the getting-going Run section.