CASA accepts a variety of options through two mechanisms: configuration files and command line arguments.  Configuration files are typically stored in a ~/.casa folder while command line options (only applicable to the full installation) are specified after the casa command at startup.


Configuration Files

Each modular CASA 6 package as well as the full installation reads a single configuration file. This file should be placed in the user root .casa folder (~/.casa) prior to starting the casa installation or importing the packages in to a standard python environment for the first time.

The following parameters can be set in the configuration file. Finer control over telemetry can also be set in the configuration file, as described here

datapath              : list of paths where CASA should search for runtime data

logfile               : log file path/name

telemetry_enabled     : allow anonymous usage reporting

crashreporter_enabled : allow anonymous crash reporting

The configuration file is a standard python script, so any valid python syntax and libraries can be used.  A typical file might look something like this:

$ cat ~/.casa/

import time

datapath=["/home/casa/data/casa-data", "/home/casa/data/casa-data-req"]
logfile='casalog-%s.log' % time.strftime("%Y%m%d-%H",time.localtime())
telemetry_enabled = True
crashreporter_enabled = True

At runtime the datapath(s) are expanded through a resolve(...) function to find the needed data tables. For example

>>> casatools.ctsys.resolve('geodetic/IERSpredict')


WARNINGCASA 5 does not use Instead ~/.casa/ is evaluated during startup before anything else and ~/.casa/ is evaluated just before the CASA prompt is presented. The configuration options are different and more limited. 


Command Line Arguments (full installation only)

With the full installation of CASA from a tar file, the python environment itself is included and started through ./bin/casa.  This ./bin/casa executable can be provided the following options to change configuration values at run time: 

  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --logfile LOGFILE     path to log file
  --log2term            direct output to terminal
  --nologger            do not start CASA logger
  --nologfile           do not create a log file
  --nogui               avoid starting GUI tools
  --rcdir RCDIR         location for startup files
  --norc                do not load user ( is unaffected)
  --colors {Neutral,NoColor,Linux,LightBG}
                        prompt color
  --pipeline            load CASA pipeline modules on startup
  --agg                 startup without graphical backend
  --iplog               create ipython log
  --notelemetry         disable telemetry collection
  --nocrashreport       do not submit an online report when CASA crashes
  --datapath DATAPATH   data path(s) [colon separated]
  --user-site           include user's local site-packages lib in path     (toggling this option turns it on; use to append to the path)
  -c ...                python eval string or python script to execute

These options take precedence over the configuration files.

Some options imply or take precedence over other options:

  • --nologfile takes precedence over --logfile
  • --nogui implies --nologger
  • --pipeline implies --agg

WARNING: the command line arguments listed above apply to CASA 6. In CASA 5 (including CASA 5.7):

  • the following command line arguments are still available (removed/replaced in CASA 6): --telemetry (removed in favor of --notelemetry in CASA 6), --trace, --maclogger.
  • the following command line arguments are not available: --norc--notelemetry, --datapath--user-site. 

Starting CASA

CASA packages installed through pip may be imported in to the standard Python environment on the host machine. For example:

(casa6) $ python

Python 3.6.9 (default, Nov 7 2019, 10:44:02) 
[GCC 8.3.0] on linux
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> import casatasks
>>> help(casatasks)

The ~/.casa/ file will be read and processed when the casatasks package is imported.

The full installation of CASA includes a python environment and is executed like an application.  Any desired command line arguments may be included.  For example:

$ ./casa6/bin/casa --logfile MyTestRun.txt --nogui

The ~/.casa/ file will be read and processed as the casa application executes, with the supplied command line arguments (logfile and nogui) added on top.

Users may wish to set shortcuts, links, aliases or add bin/casa to their envrionment PATH.  See the documentation for your operating system.