Display Issues during SourcePro installation

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Last updated: 11 Apr, 2018
Article ID: 2060
Last updated: 11 Apr, 2018
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Posted: 19 Jun, 2013
by Dean J.
Updated: 11 Apr, 2018
by Rehme L.

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SourcePro Graphical UI Requirements

SourcePro GA installers require a Graphical User Interface. If the system you wish to install on does not have a hardware DISPLAY, you will also need a GUI capable local workstation with a DISPLAY and either X11 or VNC to complete your install. See the following sections for more details on performing installations.

Unix Local Installation

X11 is an architecture independent Graphical User Interface system providing remote GUI access to networked computers.  X11 is composed of a server and several clients used to display the UI. If the host on which you wish to run the installer has a display and X11 installed you can simply launch whichever Window Manager is available. This is generally accomplished using the command ‘startx’ or ‘xinit’.

Unix to Unix Remote Install

In addition to the requirements listed in Unix Local Installation, you will need to have an X11 Server on the local workstation with a physical display, and X11 installed on the remote machine on which you wish to install. You can then SSH to the remote machine from an ‘xterm’ using ‘ssh –X <user>@<host>’ to allow X11 forwarding from that remote host to your workstation. You may need to use xhost or xauth(more secure) on your local Unix Workstation to allow X forwarding to work.

Windows to Windows Install

For initiating remote Installs from windows we recommend using VNC. VNC is a common desktop sharing system that allows users to view a GUI on a remote computer using a Server Client Model. There are many free VNC Server and Client versions on Operating Systems that SourcePro supports. Once installed, VNC can be utilized by starting a VNC Server on the host you wish to install on. Starting the VNC Server will provide a port number used for incoming connections. To connect to the VNC Server you will need a VNC client on a display capable Workstation. The client will require you to specify the IP Address of the VNC Server machine and the Port it provided when you started the Server. The form of this connection string is ‘<VNC Server IP Address>:<Port>’. The client will then display the GUI of the remote machine, and the installer can be run directly on the remote machine.

Windows to Unix Remote Install

For initiating remote Installs from windows we recommend using VNC. VNC is a common desktop sharing system that allows users to view a GUI on a remote computer using a Server Client Model. There are many free VNC Server and Client versions on Operating Systems that SourcePro Supports. Once installed, VNC can be utilized by starting a VNC Server on the host you wish to install on. Starting the VNC Server is accomplished by executing ‘vncserver’ on the remote unix machine’s shell, which will start a vnc session and provide a port number used for incoming connections. To connect to the VNC Server you will need a VNC client on your display capable Workstation. The client will require you to specify the IP Address of the VNC Server machine and the Port it provided when you started the Server. The form of this connection string is ‘<VNC Server IP Address>:<Port>’. The client will then display the GUI of the remote machine. You can then start an ‘xterm’ and export the ‘DISPLAY’ variable, setting its value to the port :<port> where <port> is the value returned from initially running ‘vncserver’. For example if I ran vncserver and it returned port ‘8’, I would:

 export DISPLAY=:8

The installer can then be run from the xterm, the GUI will appear, and the install can be completed normally

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Article ID: 2060
Last updated: 11 Apr, 2018
Revision: 3
Views: 1107
Posted: 19 Jun, 2013 by Dean J.
Updated: 11 Apr, 2018 by Rehme L.

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