After some email consult with Jamie, I got cdsutils working again by reverting to v238. The newest versions are not compatible with our python 2.6 on Ubuntu 10. And our Ubuntu 12 machines do not have NDS2 clients that work yet.
The read/write commands work at the moment, but the NDS based ones don't yet work on pianosa due to some NDSSERVER flag/setup issue maybe, Jamie ??
controls@pianosa|~ > z
usage: cdsutils <cmd> <args>
Advanced LIGO Control Room Utilites
read read EPICS channel value
write write EPICS channel value
switch switch buttons in standard LIGO filter module
avg average one or more NDS channels for a specified amount of seconds
servo servos channel with a simple integrator (pole at zero)
trigservo servos channel with a simple integrator (pole at zero)
version print version info and exit
help this help
Add '-h' after individual commands for command help.
controls@pianosa|~ > z read C1:LSC-DARM_GAIN
controls@pianosa|~ 2> z avg 3 C1:IOO-MC_F
Error in write(): Connection refused
NDSSERVER variable incorrectly defined, or no NDS servers available.
controls@pianosa|~ 1> echo $NDSSERVER