Geant4 is a toolkit for the simulation of the passage of particles through matter. Its areas of application include high energy, nuclear and accelerator physics, as well as studies in medical and space science. The two main reference papers for Geant4 are published in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 506 (2003) 250-303, and IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science 53 No. 1 (2006) 270-278.

Versions and Availability

Softenv Keys for geant4 on supermike2
Machine Version Softenv Key
supermike2 4.10.00.p02 +geant4-4.10.00.p02-gcc-4.4.6
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The information here is applicable to LSU HPC and LONI systems.


SoftEnv is a utility that is supposed to help users manage complex user environments with potentially conflicting application versions and libraries.

System Default Path

When a user logs in, the system /etc/profile or /etc/csh.cshrc (depending on login shell, and mirrored from csm:/cfmroot/etc/profile) calls /usr/local/packages/softenv-1.6.2/bin/ to set up the default path via the SoftEnv database.

SoftEnv looks for a user's ~/.soft file and updates the variables and paths accordingly.

Viewing Available Packages

Using the softenv command, a user may view the list of available packages. Currently, it can not be ensured that the packages shown are actually available or working on the particular machine. Every attempt is made to present an identical environment on all of the LONI clusters, but sometimes this is not the case.


$ softenv
These are the macros available:
*   @default
These are the keywords explicitly available:
+amber-8                       Applications: 'Amber', version: 8 Amber is a
+apache-ant-1.6.5              Ant, Java based XML make system version: 1.6.
+charm-5.9                     Applications: 'Charm++', version: 5.9 Charm++
+default                       this is the default environment...nukes /etc/
+essl-4.2                      Libraries: 'ESSL', version: 4.2 ESSL is a sta
+gaussian-03                   Applications: 'Gaussian', version: 03 Gaussia
Listing of Available Packages

See Packages Available via SoftEnv on LSU HPC and LONI.

For a more accurate, up to date list, use the softenv command.


Currently there are some caveats to using this tool.

  1. packages might be out of sync between what is listed and what is actually available
  2. resoft and soft utilities are not; to update the environment for now, log out and login after modifying the ~/.soft file.

softenv is available on all LSU HPC and LONI clusters to all users in both interactive login sessions (i.e., just logging into the machine) and the batch environment created by the PBS job scheduler on Linux clusters and by loadleveler on AIX clusters..

Packages Availability

This information can be viewed using the softenv command:

% softenv
Managing Environment with SoftEnv

The file ~/.soft in the user's home directory is where the different packages are managed. Add the +keyword into your .soft file. For instance, ff one wants to add the Amber Molecular Dynamics package into their environment, the end of the .soft file should look like this:



To update the environment after modifying this file, one simply uses the resoft command:

% resoft


On SuperMike, softenv defines some variables which point at the library home directory. Use soft-dbq to determine it's name, then use it to add a link option to your build. You may see something like this (the output has been edited for brevity):

$ soft-dbq +geant4-4.10.00.p02-gcc-4.4.6
The following files will be sourced:
The following environment changes will be made:
  CLHEP_INCLUDE = /usr/local/packages/cern/geant-4.10.00.p02/include
  GEANT4_HOME = /usr/local/packages/cern/geant-4.10.00.p02
  LD_LIBRARY_PATH = ${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}:/usr/local/packages/cern/geant-4.10.00.p02/lib64
  PATH = ${PATH}:/usr/local/packages/cern/geant-4.10.00.p02/bin

Source the geant4.[csh|sh] file before using it.

$source /usr/local/packages/cern/geant-4.10.00.p02/bin/geant4.[csh|sh]

On QB-2, module defines the variables. Use module show to show the names.

$ module show geant4
prepend-path	 PATH /usr/local/packages/cern/geant4-10.00.p02/bin 
prepend-path	 LD_LIBRARY_PATH /usr/local/packages/cern/geant4-10.00.p02/lib 

Source the geant4.[csh|sh] file before using it.

$source /usr/local/packages/cern/geant4-10.00.p02/lib/bin/geant4.[csh|sh]


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