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Steve Pieper of Isomics, Inc., is the Core PI for NAMIC Dissemination and Site PI for the BWH activities in the Engineering Core.

Email: pieper at

Information about my Ph.D. thesis research is at

Handy Links

Pieper Home Page on


vim settings

Get to them on windows with

:e $VIM/_vimrc

or on unix with

:e ~/.vimrc

The values I use are:

" Steve Pieper's VIM preferences

set nocompatible
source $VIMRUNTIME/vimrc_example.vim
source $VIMRUNTIME/mswin.vim
"behave mswin
behave xterm

set wildmode=longest,list

set clipboard=unnamed

set softtabstop=2
set expandtab
set tabstop=2
set shiftwidth=2
set autoindent
set showmatch
set laststatus=2

set matchpairs+=<:> " To match arguments of templates
set cinoptions={1s,:0,l1,g0,c0,(0,(s,m1 " ITK/VTK style indenting

set vb
syntax on

" cycle through buffers with control page up/down
map <C-PageDown> :bn
map <C-PageUp> :bp
" delete current buffer with control delete
map <C-Del> :bd

" cycle through tags with control right/left
map <C-Right> :tn
map <C-Left> :tp


My windows c:/cygwin/cygwin.bat (launched by the shortcut). Requires rxvt and tcsh for cygwin. This is better for me because rxvt uses X-style cut and paste (middle mouse to paste) and tcsh can file complete with the drive letter (e.g. c:/Pro<Tab> --> c:/Program\ Files/ which bash won't do).

 @echo off
 chdir C:\cygwin\bin
 rxvt -fn courier -e /bin/bash --login -i

tcsh aliases

Simple aliases for controlling the title bar of an xterm (or compatible terminal emulator) to keep track of where you are:

alias xt 'echo -n "\033]0;\!*\007"'
alias cd 'xt \!*; chdir \!*'
alias ssh 'xt \!*; \ssh \!*; xt `hostname`'



Launching visual studio for slicer3 debugging

The you need to have the library paths set up correctly or the debugger won't find the dlls. In the Slicer3-build directory made by getbuildtest.tcl:

./Slicer3.exe --launch c:/Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Visual\ Studio\ 8/Common7/IDE/devenv.exe --detach Slicer3.sln

or, for the free Visual Studio Express 2005:

 ./Slicer3.exe --launch c:/Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Visual\ Studio\ 8/Common7/IDE/VCExpress.exe --detach Slicer3.sln

or, for the free Visual Studio Express 2008:

 ./Slicer3.exe --launch c:/Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Visual\ Studio\ 9.0/Common7/IDE/VCExpress.exe --detach Slicer3.sln

For 64 bit windows 2005:

./Slicer3.exe --launch "c:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio 8/Common7/IDE/devenv.exe" --detach Slicer3.sln

Then go to the Slicer3-real project and right click on it and select Set As Startup Project from the menu. Then you can use F5 to compile and start the debugger.

Wiki backup

A quick and dirty way of backing up the wiki:

wget -r

as of January 2007, this results in 3.3G. This doesn't preserve the full history or wiki markup, but it's an easy way to get piece of mind.

Format Test

A page testing format options.

Pages with nice wiki formatting:

Short Hacks


Web Services Links

Python windows build notes

  • Upgrade solution files
../../../Slicer3-build/Slicer3 --launch ../../python-build/PCbuild/python.exe --verbose install
mt -manifest mtrand.pyd.manifest "-outputresource:mtrand.pyd;2"