- Installing Salome-Meca 2008.1 GPL on
- Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Hardy Heron)
Get the software
Download it: Find it from the CAELinux web site, or use Google/Yahoo/whatever to find it. If you're reading this page you probably know where to find it...
At the time of writing this, the tarball was to be found here: Salome-Meca-2008.1-GPL
You can get it using "wget" as follows. In a terminal, type:
It's about a 360 MB download (SALOME-MECA-2007.1-GPL.tgz was 700 MB)
All of the following commands are typed, i.e., use a terminal.
"cd" to the directory where you saved the tarball and unpack it:
tar -xvvf SALOME-MECA-2008.1-GPL.tgz
Move it to the /opt directory:
sudo mv SALOME-MECA-2008.1-GPL /opt/
Run the post install script:
cd /opt/SALOME-MECA-2008.1-GPL/postinstall/ sudo ./postinstall.py
Change the file/dir ownership (not crucial):
sudo chown -R root:root /opt/SALOME-MECA-2008.1-GPL
This will enable you to run Salome-Meca from any location.
cd /usr/local/bin sudo ln -s /opt/SALOME-MECA-2008.1-GPL/runSalomeMeca runSalomeMeca sudo ln -s /opt/SALOME-MECA-2008.1-GPL/killSalome killSalome cd
Everything should be OK now.
Run (launch) Salome-Meca
Still in a terminal, type
This will launch Salome-Meca. You can stop/end (kill) the application with
Should you get the following error if you try to run Salome-Meca
"Failed to narrow the root naming context"
then check your "/etc/hosts" file. It will look something like this:
# Do not remove the following line, or various programs # that require network functionality will fail. 127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost localhost ::1 localhost6.localdomain6 localhost6
The second "localhost" should be your "hostname", for example:
127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost your_host_name
If you don't know what your hostname is, type:
If you're installing on 64-bit machine, remember to install 32-bit libraries, i.e:
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
otherwise Salome-Meca won't run.
Post install tweaks (Ubuntu 8.04)
These are from posts on the CAELinux's public forums (which is a good place to look for issues in general).
Uncheck interactive Aster runs
On my installation Aster wouldn't solve if "Interactive Follow-Up" was checked. In Salome-Meca, activate the "Aster" module and navigate to
Choose Aster on the left, and un-check the option on the right.
Also, while you're at it, you might want to change the editor to "gedit" (GNOME desktops) or "kate" (for KDE desktops) or any editor of your choice if it's empty.
You'll notice that the GUI font changes to a horrible looking typewriter font if you kill and run Salome-Meca again, fix it as follows
First, remove the existing link:
sudo rm /opt/SALOME-MECA-2008.1-GPL/SALOME/SALOME3/prerequis/debianForSalome-v1_2_0/lib/libfontconfig.so.1
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/libfontconfig.so.1.3.0 \ /opt/SALOME-MECA-2008.1-GPL/SALOME/SALOME3/prerequis/debianForSalome-v1_2_0/lib/libfontconfig.so.1
sudo ln -s /usr/lib32/libfontconfig.so.1.3.0 \ /opt/SALOME-MECA-2008.1-GPL/SALOME/SALOME3/prerequis/debianForSalome-v1_2_0/lib/libfontconfig.so.1
Create an application launcher
Right click on the top bar, select
- Add to panel...
- Custom Application Launcher
Click "Add", fill in as shown below and click "OK":
The Salome Logo
If you have suggestions or find errors, please e-mail me: