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Packaged Software

FarmShare systems run Ubuntu, and most software is installed using packages available from the standard Ubuntu repositories. Select external repositories are used to provide more frequently updated versions of very commonly used software (e.g., R).

Commercial Software

A selection of commercial software is also available, but please note that this software is licensed for use on FarmShare only in coursework, and not for research. Licensed software is made available using environment modules, and can be accessed using the module command.

Software Modules

Software not installed from packages is managed using Lmod environment modules. Use the module avail and module spider commands to list available software, and module load to load desired modules. You can unload modules and restore a previous environment using the module unload and module purge commands.

An Example: Using MATLAB

which matlab
module avail
module spider matlab
module load matlab
module list
which matlab
module unload matlab
which matlab

User-installed Software

New or updated software can often be built and/or installed by users in their own home directories, and local package managers like Linuxbrew and Spack can help. Local package managers are also available for many programming languages (e.g., pip, virtualenv, and Conda for Python, local::lib and Perlbrew for Perl, and Luarocks for Lua), and some of these provide tools for managing entire local programming environments.


Singularity containers are supported, but bootstrapping an image requires root access, so you'll need to create your containers elsewhere and copy them to FarmShare to run.

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