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Unable to install local plate-solving index files

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Unable to install local plate-solving index files was created by bkinyon

Hi, I had my Stellarmate OS all installed weeks ago and mostly working (all index files for local plate solving were shown with Xs even though a mid-solving message always said a few were missing), then everything kinda broke down (I tried installing updates, which led to USB error messages and a green and blue background) and I had to start over and reinstall the OS onto the microSD card. Now the system won't allow me to install any more index files than the ones that were already in place with the fresh system install, showing the error message "Astrometry Folder Permissions Error" when I try to click on their boxes. The closest I think I came to success was shown in the screenshots attached, by right-clicking on the Astrometry folder and opening it as Administator with password "smate." But none of the changes I made stuck.. can you point me in the right direction? I just re-downloaded the Stellarmate OS a few days ago, it's version 1.3.5.

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Replied by TallFurryMan on topic Unable to install local plate-solving index files

Sorry for the delay in spotting this post. I had the exact same issue when initializing a StellarMate.

The problem is not so much the final location where index files are stored.
The problem is that the transitory folder "~/.local/share/kstars/astrometry", where downloaded index files are stored temporarily, does not exist after kstars is installed, and causes a misnamed "permission error".

Create that folder and you should be good to go.

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Replied by jerry on topic Unable to install local plate-solving index files

Hi,

I notice that in your 1st attachment image the index files window extends beyond the screen view. Do you have a way of seeing the entire window (e.g. the OK button if there is one)?
I'm certainly not able to scroll that window or view more pixels on the VNC viewer screen, to be able to manage this window,

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Replied by jerry on topic Unable to install local plate-solving index files

To answer my own naive question... I used sudo raspi-config to alter the screen resolution to 1600 x 1200 so that the entire dialog window is now visible. A newer version of VNC-Viewer also seems to have sped things up a bit.
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Replied by bkinyon on topic Unable to install local plate-solving index files

Thank you so much, Eric! I've been meaning to reply for days but kinda wanted to try solving with the mount out on a clear night and finally had one - what you suggested totally did the trick! How on earth did you figure that out?? Is this a step everyone has to perform after new installation? Thank you very, very much.

On a related note I still get a message (screenshot attached) that "Index files index-4206 to index-4211 are missing" in spite of them having a check mark on the index files list in Ekos. Solving (polar and otherwise) seems to work fine, although I always perform the GOTO solving in the same spot to the west northwest, so maybe the missing files are for a different part of the sky. Or does the full message mean that if I tried solving Online instead of Offline, that for some reason it would fail..? Either way, should I try downloading these "missing" index files and placing them in the new "~/.local/share/kstars/astrometry" folder to stop the error message?

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Replied by bkinyon on topic Unable to install local plate-solving index files

Hi Jerry - I've noticed that one window for me was always a little taller than the rest and it bothered me I couldn't see the bottom of it. I thought I had set the maximum screen resolution via the OS, but I'll try doing it command line like I think you did to see if that changes anything. My first screen shots were with my phone of a tiny 7" field monitor before I'd set up the wi-fi, and it's 16:9 which I guess Linux doesn't like..? Anyway glad you got yours looking good.
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Replied by Kaczorek on topic Unable to install local plate-solving index files

The solution is to change location of index files to your home folder e.g. ~/astrometry (/home/username/astrometry):
1. Create the folder
cd
mkdir astrometry
2. Copy index files it
cp /usr/share/astrometry/* ~/astrometry/
3. Change astrometry config
#add_path /usr/share/astrometry
add_path /home/username/astrometry
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Replied by stash on topic Unable to install local plate-solving index files

Administator with password "smate." - Never put your password on a public web site - hopefully you changed it straight away and its not used anywhere else :-)
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Replied by pug916 on topic Unable to install local plate-solving index files

I’ve got a StellarMate too, where did you download the latest firmware from? I wouldn’t mind having a more recent version handy just in case.
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Replied by maxthebuilder on topic Unable to install local plate-solving index files

This PW is openly published on Stellarmate web site...

stash wrote: Administator with password "smate." - Never put your password on a public web site - hopefully you changed it straight away and its not used anywhere else :-)

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Replied by bkinyon on topic Unable to install local plate-solving index files

Radek, thank you, I performed the steps you outlined and will test it out as soon as possible. Step 3, I got an unrecognized command error when I tried the final line, did you mean for me to use "#add_path" in both instances? I did that after the error, hope that was ok. In case it isn't already obvious I'm a unix noob. Does #add_path make one directory automatically point to another? I see too that at least for now (I haven't launched Ekos yet) I have two copies of all the index files, ~640MB of data; once I confirm all is well can I delete the copies from their original directory in /usr/share/astrometry - will it let me..?
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Replied by bkinyon on topic Unable to install local plate-solving index files

Stash if someone wants to steal some of my blurry FITS files from me, I'll let them. ;) And I only use that for the Stellarmate, left everything alone once I got it.
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