IRIX Admin: Software Installation and Licensing explains how to install and license software running under IRIX, Silicon Graphics implementation of the UNIX operating system. Part I and Appendix A cover installation; Part II covers licensing.
IRIX Admin: Software Installation and Licensing explains how to install Silicon Graphics software products using Inst, the command line interface to the IRIX installation utility, inst (see the inst(1M) reference page). It introduces readers to Silicon Graphics software release conventions and explains how to plan, execute, and maintain a software installation on Silicon Graphics workstations and servers.
Two installation methods are described in this guide:
live installations that in which software is transferred while the target system remains in operation
specialized installations, called miniroot installations, that rely on system firmware for the software transfer (This method requires a system shutdown.)
This guide contains only information that is specific to setting up FLEXlm™ licensing software on Silicon Graphics workstations and servers. Please refer to these documents, which are available online from IRIS InSight, for complete information on administering a licensing scheme:
FLEXlm End User Manual
Network License System Administration Guide
In addition to Inst, the command line interface, the inst utility includes Software Manager, a graphical user interface to conventional installations. Software Manager is documented separately in the Personal System Administration Guide.
Because of its graphical features, Software Manager cannot be used for miniroot installations. To perform miniroot installations, use Inst and the instructions provided in Chapter 3 of this guide. Information in Chapter 1 explains how to determine whether a miniroot installation is necessary.
The operation of inst and the Inst and Software Manager interfaces can be customized with a set of preferences. Use Chapter 8 as a comprehensive reference for specifying preferences and for managing the configuration files that store preference settings for both interfaces.
The IRIX Admin: Software Installation and Licensing is organized into two parts and two appendixes:
Part I of this guide comprises nine chapters and covers these installation topics:
|Chapter 1, “Introduction”|
|Chapter 2, “Preparing for Installation”|
|Chapter 3, “Starting an Installation”|
|Chapter 4, “Using the Main Menu”|
|Chapter 5, “Using Supplementary Menus”|
|Chapter 6, “Inst for Experts”|
|Chapter 7, “Maintenance Tips”|
|Chapter 8, “Tailoring Installations”|
Part II of this guide currently comprises one chapter:
|Chapter 9, “Licensing”|
|Appendix A, “Inst Quick Reference”|
|Appendix B, “Troubleshooting Installations”|
The audience for the IRIX Admin: Software Installation and Licensing is experienced UNIX system and site administrators who are responsible for putting software into service on various models of Silicon Graphics workstations and servers. This guide may also be used by individual workstation owners as a comprehensive guide to software installation.
Procedures in this guide require these proficiencies:
for routine installations, experience with a command line interface and familiarity with UNIX documentation conventions
for site preparation procedures, competence with managing servers and communications between network nodes
for advanced troubleshooting and installing on systems with non-standard filesystem configurations, proficiency with UNIX filesystem management
This document uses standard UNIX conventions when referring to IRIX reference pages. A command name is followed by a section number in parentheses. For example, mkfs(1M) refers to the mkfs command entry in Section 1M of the IRIX reference pages.
In text descriptions, appear in italics. Screen text, command syntax descriptions, and user entries follow these conventions:
Refer to the documents listed below for supplementary information.
IRIX Admin: Disks and Filesystems for information on IRIX filesystem management
IRIX Admin: Networking and Mail for information on network administration
the owner's guide to target systems for specific information on using the services of the programmable read-only memory (PROM)
Personal System Administration Guide for instructions on using the Software Manager
Diskless Workstation Administration Guide for information on installing software for diskless clients
FLEXlm End User Manual and Network License System Administration Guide for information on administering software licenses