IRIX® Admin:  Software Installation and Licensing

Document Number: 007-1364-140

Front Matter

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Table of Contents

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About This Guide
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1. Understanding Software Installations
Software Release Types
Anatomy of a Software Product
Sources of Installable Software
Software Installation Methods
Introduction to Inst

2. Preparing for Installation
Selecting a Distribution Source
Setting Up an Installation Server
Backing Up the Target Systems
Opening Multiple Distributions
Collecting the Information That You Need

3. Starting an Installation
Determining the Installation Method
Preparations Checklist
About Miniroot Installations
Starting a Miniroot Installation
Starting a Live Installation

4. Using the Main Menu
The Software Installation Procedure
If Inst Is Interrupted
Managing Configuration Files

5. Using Supplementary Menus
Giving Commands on Other Menus
Using the View Commands Menu
Using the Administrative Commands Menu
Using the Interrupt Menu

6. Inst for Experts
Alternative Ways to Specify a Distribution
Installing Software Noninteractively
Using Command Shortcuts
Using step to Make Selections

7. Maintenance Tips
Installing Maintenance and Feature Releases
Installing Optional Software Products
Installing Patches
Installing Software for Hardware Upgrades
Installing Reference Pages
Reinstalling an Older Software Release
Avoiding Compatibility Problems
Removing Software

8. Customizing Installations
Using an Initialization Script
Using README Files in a Distribution
Using a Related Distribution File
Setting Up an HTTP Installation Server
Checking the Current Preference Settings
Controlling Menu Displays
Controlling Disk Space Checks and Reports
Controlling the Display of Filenames
Displaying the Current Distribution Source
Turning Off Initial Selection of Subsystems
Changing the Network Time-out Value
A Closer Look at Preferences

9. Automating Installations With RoboInst
How RoboInst Works
Getting Ready for RoboInst
Customizing Miniroot Installations
Launching RoboInst

10. Licensing
About License Manager
License Types
The License Request Process Illustrated
Software Licensing and Partitioned Environments
FLEXlm Files and Utilities on SGI Systems
New FLEXlm Features
Starting and Stopping Licensing Daemons

A. Inst Quick Reference
Condensed Installation Instructions
Main Menu Commands
View Menu Commands
Administrative Menu Commands
Interrupt Menu Commands

B. Troubleshooting Installations
Types of Errors
Resolving Errors
Resolving Conflicts
Resolving Network Problems
Resolving Problems With CDs
Checking Distribution Directories and CDs
Using fx to Restore the Swap Partition
Calling Your Support Organization