I have invested much time in molly, so if you find molly useful in your research, and publish any papers based extensively upon molly analysis, I would appreciate an acknowledgement as in "I/We thank Tom Marsh for the use of 'molly'."

molly is a program for the analysis of 1D astronomical spectra. It overlaps with the various similar programs such as dipso and has strengths and weaknesses compared to them. molly is at its best when handling large numbers of similar spectra, and, in particular, time-series spectra.

molly is freely available at the user's own risk. See molly setup for installation instructions.

An ever-increasing list of changes to molly dating from 15 September 1994 is available.

Help text is available for all commands inside molly via 'help command' however, some advantage is gained from html linkage in particular links between commands and between commands and their classes can be made. The html files are automatically generated from the help text files used by molly. The majority of these form the first lines of the subroutines that do the work and are usually accurate.

The wildcard facility in the internal molly help is good if you have a rough memory of the command you are looking for. If you are looking for a completely new command then the html help may be better. When using the html help links are provided to the class and command list in the help to every command, however it is better to use the 'back' facility when possible to avoid building up too long a list of links for when you really do want to go back.

The date at the bottom of the html help pages show when they were last generated and can be compared to the dates in the list of changes to see how up to date everything is.

You can access the html documentation through the following links:

  • User guide.
  • Commands grouped into classes by their function.
  • Commands listed alphabetically.

  • Tom Marsh, Warwick.