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Monday, August 17, 2009

Almost there – Next SBW Release

I’m finally in the final phase of testing the next SBW installer. Here the list of operating systems tested so far: Win 2000, Win XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Fedora 11, Centos 4.6, Centos 5, Debian 5.0, Ubuntu 5, Ubuntu 9.04, openSUSE 11.1, Slackware 12.2 and of course OS X 10.5. All seems to be well and ready to go.

SBW-Logo So here the links to the current installers let me know if things need to change:

Of course things go sometimes horribly wrong, especially with … shall we say … not quite up-to-date linux installations. So here a couple of things to keep in mind:

  • get a new-ish MONO, it will help a lot the current version of MONO 2.4.2 is just amazing and it seems to be feature complete. Thus there is no real reason not to use it. Alas, for some distros it is really hard to get to a working MONO installation. If your system belongs to this category, have a look here, and download the 1.9.2 binary installer.
  • Some linux distros forsake a good and working Java installation with a gnu compiler, unfortunately our java modules do not play nice with it, in fact the post installation step is likely to fail if you have it as first java in your path. You’d be better of getting a nice JDK, like the one from SUN, or even the OpenJDK from your linux distro.
  • If you still have trouble with the post installation step, you don’t have to uninstall SBW, just run the post installation step manually as in:

    <sbw-2.7.10 dir>/ <full path to sbw 2.7.10 dir> or 

    ./ /home/fbergmann/SBW-2.7.10

    that usually works and if a step takes too long a friendly ps-ef followed by a kill –9, or even simply a

    killall –9 java, killall –9 mono, killall –9

    Broker works wonders. 

Cheers and on to more testing.

1 comment:

Pedro said...

I've got it installed in slackware 13.0. You should clarify in your instructions that the step needs to be done by each user... I installed the whole thing with root, thinking it would work with all users, but then had to run for each one.

The other thing is that I'd like the .desktop files to specify a folder SBW inside Science, would that be asking too much?

Anyway, thanks a lot for making this available. I like how it integrates with COPASI and CellDesigner, and now it seems to work ok in Linux