Bugs, errors, and improvements

Even though we carried out a huge number of tests before delivering Version 5.2 of the Bernese GNSS Software (see Software tests), bugs can be discovered over time.

If you find a bug in the software, please send us a bug report describing the error and how to reproduce it. Please also provide details on your operating system and your compiler (name, version, build) and all relevant information that could help identifying the problem.

Bug fixes and other improvements for Version 5.2 are published for each release in the pages below:
>2012-12-14 >2013-07-18 >2015-02-05 >2015-03-09 >2016-01-08 >2016-12-16 >2017-08-28 >2018-02-28

From time to time a new release of the version 5.2 will be published. For each release of the Bernese GNSS Software an update file is available containing all the corrections and improvements to bring your software to the latest release level.

The release date of your version is given in the "Help >About" box of the Bernese menu system. The latest release date is "2018-02-28". If you have an older release date we strongly recommend to update your software.

Support of ITRF2014

Since the release dated 2016-12-16, the Bernese GNSS Software is fully adapted to handle the new ITRF2014 reference frame and its IGS realization (IGS14). Hence, instead of the previously available ITRF2014 download file to implement the new reference frame into your version, we recommend to bring your release up to date using the normal update procedure.

Update procedure

In order to update your version, we recommend you to use the update utility configure.pm (all platforms!) located in your $X/EXE (%X%\EXE on Windows) directory. To start it, type 'perl configure.pm' in a command prompt. Then select the option "Install online updates" and follow the instructions.

Detailed instructions on how to update your version can be found in the document README_UPDATE.TXT in ${X}/DOC (UNIX) or %X%\DOC (Windows).

Note: Contrary to Version 5.0, the installation of a single update package will bring you to the latest release date of the software.

Software tests

Before delivering Version 5.2 of the Bernese GNSS Software, the example BPEs have been tested on several platforms/systems using various Fortran compilers:

Ubuntu 32 and 64 bit G95, GNU, Intel, and Sun
Debian 32 and 64 bit G95, GNU, Intel, and Sun
Fedora 32 and 64 bit G95, GNU, Intel, and Sun
OpenSuSE 32 and 64 bit G95, GNU, Intel, and Sun
gentoo 64 bit G95, GNU, Intel, and Portland
Windows XP 32 bit G95, Lahey, and Portland
Windows Vista 32 bit G95, Lahey, and Portland
Windows 7 32 and 64 bit G95, Lahey, and Portland
Windows 8 32 and 64 bit G95, Lahey, and Portland
OS X 10.8.2 64 bit GNU and Portland

For all these tests, equivalent results were obtained. The minor differences observed can be explained by the different numbers of digits supported by the compilers themselves or the different realizations of the formatted writing of real numbers. Further details on the versions of the compilers and operating systems are provided in the list of compilers.

Compiler support

Bernese is distributed in source code. Apart from Windows where the executables are also delivered, all users will have to compile the software on their machines. Compilation of individual routines/programs is also necessary to implement some of the bug corrections (see "Bugs, errors, and improvements").

The Bernese is configured to support a variety of Fortran compilers. The list of supported compilers informs you whether your compiler was successfully used for the compilation of the Bernese GNSS Software and, if this is case, provides detailed information on the options used.

If you are successfully using a compiler which is not mentioned in this list, please contact us, so that all Bernese users can benefit from your effort.

Bernese Mailing List (BSW Mail)

Users of the software can subscribe to the Bernese Mailing List, also called "BSW Mail". The Bernese team uses this list for important announcements affecting all users.

As a subscribed user, you may of course also submit messages to the list, and thus benefit from the experience of other Bernese users.

Subscribers (including the Bernese team) are not required to answer posts to the mailing list. Therefore, support requests should always be addressed directly to the Bernese support and not to the mailing list.

Please contact the BSW Mail administrator if you want to subscribe to the list or unsubscribe from it, if your e-mail address has changed, or have any other comments or questions regarding the mailing list.

The index file of the BSW Mail archive gives you access to all messages posted since the creation of the list.