Obviously first you will have to find a computer on which you are allowed to log onto. On this computer you should have at least several tens of megabytes of disk space for your data files and log files (a typical 512 by 512 pixel image will occupy ~ 1 MB of disk space).
If you want to use peripherals like tape drives or printers, acquaint yourself with their location and (logical) names. If you are going to use a workstation or X-terminal, you may want to find some background material on using the X-window environment.
To be able to run GIPSY you may have to set up a GIPSY environment on the computer you are going to work on. Setting up such an environment is described in the Download and Installation Guide.
gipsyat the terminal. This command will run a shell script, which eventually starts tHermes, GIPSY's interactive user interface. The terminal screen will show the following layout:
GIPSY is then ready to accept user commands. (The welcome message will disappear as soon as the user starts typing.) The form in which commands can be given and all other features are decribed in the document about Hermes, GIPSY's user interface. The most common commands are starting a task and supplying a task with parameters.
Note the message . It tells the user that pressing the TAB key will provide a help display. This help is context-dependent.
GIPSY maintains a log file in which the user dialogue, output from programs and status messages are recorded. This file resides in the directory from which GIPSY is started and it is named GIPSY.LOG.