FOIA VistA SemiVivA 20061231 available

FOIA VistA 20061231 SemiVivA (MD5 sum 128ff63ee717b7ae15fb86709c5d2f0a), a SemiViVA package of the FOIA VistA release of December 31, 2006 bundled with GT.M V5.2-000, is available from Source Forge ( A SemiVivA package is a one-step install of VistA and GT.M on a Linux machine.

Assuming the file has been downloaded as /Distrib/FOIAVistA20061231SemiVivA.tgz, to install on your Linux PC, execute the following, as root:

cd /usr/local
tar zxvf /Distrib/FOIAVistA20061231SemiVivA.tgz

This will create new directories /usr/local/FOIAVistA20061231 /usr/local/gtm_V5.2-000. Please note that this will overwrite any directories or symbolic links you have with those names. You may wish to replace your symbolic links with new ones (i.e., the following is optional; also to be executed as root in /usr/local):

rm gtm ; ln -s gtm_V5.2-000 gtm
rm FOIAVistA ; ln -s FOIAVistA20061231 FOIAVistA

To use it, you will need to create a working environment (see for details). To create an environment in ~/myFOIAVistA20061231, as a normal user, execute:

/usr/local/FOIAVistA20061231/install ~/myFOIAVistA20061231

Subsequently, to get to an interactive mode GT.M prompt in that environment, execute


To run entryref ABC^DEF in that environment, execute:

~/myFOIAVistA20061231/gtm_V5.2-000/run ABC^DEF


1. GT.M V5.2-000 is Copyright (c) 2007 Fidelity National Information Services, Inc, and is provided under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2 (available at\). GT.M V5.2-000 is a major new release that adds support for Unicode; however, Unicode is not used by VistA, and V5.2-000 is completely upward compatible with V5.1-000. Please note that effective V5.2-000, GT.M is compiled to require a 686 (Pentium Pro) or better CPU.

2. No copyright is claimed for scripts written by me and packaged herewith - they are in the public domain and provided with no warranty whatsoever. Use them at your own risk.

3. VistA as made available by the US Department of Veterans Affairs under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is in the public domain.

K.S. Bhaskar
bhaskar at bhaskars dot com

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2007-01-20

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