Install ABAQUS on Ubuntu 10.04 64bit




This guide wants to help everybody in installing the ABAQUS software (Version 6.8.1) and documentation on Ubuntu operative system.
In particular it's tested on Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) 64bit version and Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) 64bit version.

This guide asserts that you bought an original CDs of ABAQUS or you have a license.


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Prerequisites

No particular prerequisite is required for this guide, so it will try to describe easily all passages you need to complete successfully the installation.
Anyway a basic knowledge of Ubuntu shell language and system may be helpful.

Introduction

The abaqus installation is composed by three parts:
  1. Documentation installation.
  2. License installation
  3. Software installation
The first part is not strictly necessary, but it is a complete guide of the software. In Ubuntu we can not utilise the guide completely because of the non compatibility between the local search engine libraries and operative system. The problem may be solved using the 32 bit version of the OS and forcing the installation of a library of Fedora (another Linux distribution), but this HOW-TO will not explain this kind of installation, its interest is only to install on a 64 bit Ubuntu OS. So we can install the documentation with this guide (without being able to utilise the search engine) or without this guide (this may be the best decision if you have another computer in the LAN in which is installed the guide with a usable search engine).

Both the second and the third part installations are necessary. 
 

Documentation Installation

If you decided to install the user guide on your computer and use it without the search engine, you have to follow these steps, if you decided to install the software without the user guide and use it on another pc on your LAN, you can skip this step and go to License Server Installation.

What do you need?

  • The ABAQUS 6.8 Documentation DVD (or .iso file)
  • Your PC or Laptop with Ubuntu 10.04 64bit installed
  • An internet connection (you don't need it if you have all the necessary packages yet installed)
  • Your account password

Preparatives

1. You have to install csh and tcsh and to create the necessary folders:

Open a Terminal: Applications > Accessories > Terminal
insert those commands (press ENTER after everyone, enter you account password when required)

sudo apt-get install csh tcsh

cd ~

mkdir ~/abaqus

mkdir ~/abaqustemp

mkdir ~/abawrk

2. You have now to insert the documentation DVD or to mount the .iso file:

If you have the DVD

insert the disk in your optical drive.

Also, if you have the .iso DVD image:

in the opened terminal, insert those commands (press ENTER after everyone, enter you account password when required)

sudo mkdir /media/virtualCD

sudo mount FILE_LOCATION.iso /media/virtualCD -t iso9660 -o loop

where FILE_LOCATION is the .iso file name complete of his location.

Installation procedure

1. Run csh:

in the opened terminal, insert this commands (press ENTER after everyone, enter you account password when required)

csh

a csh shell will be opened in your terminal.

2. Run the setup:

If you have the DVD

insert this command in the terminal:

/media/YOUR_DVD_LOCATION/setup

where YOUR_DVD_LOCATION is the directory where is mounted your DVD. If you don't know it, you can navigate in your window manager and see it. Anyway, when you are writing the location, after have wrote /media/ you can press two times TAB key and a list of suggestion will appear.

Also, if you have the .iso DVD image:

insert this command in the terminal:

/media/virtualCD/setup

Anyway:

insert the scratch directory when required:

~/abaqustemp

and follow the graphical installation using defaults settings.

3. Exit the csh shell:

exit



License Server Installation & Configuration

A license server is needed for the ABAQUS installation, if you already have one and you want to utilise the one of Abaqus, you can do it. This guide will illustrate the process to install the Abaqus suggested license server for those who don't have one, or don't know how to use another existing license server or simply want to install it.

What do you need?

  • The ABAQUS 6.8 Product and License DVD (or .iso file)
  • Your PC or Laptop with Ubuntu 10.04 64bit installed
  • An internet connection (you don't need it if you have all the necessary packages yet installed)
  • Your account password

Preparatives

If you installed the Documentation following this guide, you can skip to the point 2.

1. You have to install csh and tcsh and to create the necessary folders:

Open a TerminalApplications > Accessories > Terminal
insert those commands (press ENTER after everyone, enter you account password when required)

sudo apt-get install csh tcsh

cd ~

mkdir ~/abaqus

mkdir ~/abaqustemp

mkdir ~/abawrk

2. You have now to insert the License and Product DVD or to mount the .iso file:

If you have the DVD

insert the disk in your optical drive.

Also, if you have the .iso DVD image:

Open a terminal, if it is not yet opened, and insert those commands (press ENTER after everyone, enter you account password when required)

sudo mkdir /media/virtualCD2

sudo mount FILE_LOCATION.iso /media/virtualCD2 -t iso9660 -o loop

where FILE_LOCATION is the .iso file name complete of his location.

Installation procedure

1. Go to home and Run csh:

in the opened terminal, insert this command (press ENTER after everyone, enter you account password when required)

cd ~

csh


a csh shell will be opened in your terminal.

2. Run the setup using the -nosystemchecks option that is needed to ignore the not supported Linux distribution:

If you have the DVD

insert this command in the terminal:

/media/YOUR_DVD_LOCATION/setup -nosystemchecks

where YOUR_DVD_LOCATION is the directory where is mounted your DVD. If you don't know it, you can navigate in your window manager and see it. Anyway, when you are writing the location, after have wrote /media/ you can press two times TAB key and a list of suggestion will appear.

Also, if you have the .iso DVD image:

insert this command in the terminal:

/media/virtualCD2/setup -nosystemchecks

Anyway:

insert the scratch directory when required:

~/abaqustemp

follow the graphical license server installation and exit without installing the product.

3. Exit the csh shell:

exit


Configuration procedure

1. Now copy the license file in the License directory of Abaqus and rename it as license.dat, you can do it graphically or using the terminal:

cp LOCATION+LICENSE_FILE ~/abaqus/License/

mv ~/abaqus/License/LICENSE_FILE ~/abaqus/License/license.dat

where LICENSE_FILE is the name of your license file and LOCATION+LICENSE_FILE is the file name complete of its location.

2. Edit the license.dat file:

gedit ~/abaqus/License/license.dat

In the text editor that will be opened, edit the fist row of the file in this way:

SERVER PCNAME ID=NUMBER 27003

where PCNAME is the name of your pc. You can see it in the terminal, when it wait for a command, it is shown ACCOUNTNAME@PCNAME.
NUMBER is a customized number you must not modify.

Save and exit the text editor.

3. Create a log file in the License directory:

gedit ~/abaqus/License/licserver_debug.log

save and exit the text editor without modifying anything.

4. Edit the .bashrc file in the home.

Insert this command in the terminal (press ENTER after everyone, enter you account password when required):

sudo gedit ~/.bashrc

in the text editor that will be opened, add the following rows at the top:

#abaqus
alias abaqus=/home/ACCOUNTNAME/abaqus/6.8-1/exec/abq681.exe
export LM_LICENSE_FILE=27003@PCNAME
alias abacae=/home/ACCOUNTNAME/abaqus/6.8-1/exec/abq681.exe\ cae\ -mesa
alias abalic=/home/ACCOUNTNAME/abaqus/License/lmgrd\ -c\ /home/ACCOUNTNAME/abaqus/License/license.dat\ -l\ +/home/ACCOUNTNAME/abaqus/License/licserver_debug.log

Where ACCOUNTNAME is the name of your pc account and PCNAME is the name of your pc. You can see its in the terminal, when it waits for your command line it's written ACCOUNTNAME@PCNAME

5. Reboot your computer.


ABAQUS Product Installation

You will now conclude the installation with he third part: the product.

What do you need?

  • The ABAQUS 6.8 Product and License DVD (or .iso file)
  • Your PC or Laptop with Ubuntu 10.04 64bit installed
  • Your account password
  • An internet connection (you don't need it if you have all the necessary packages yet installed)
  • The documentation location (on your computer or on your net)
  • Installed license server and a valid license of ABAQUS

Preparatives

If you installed the Documentation or License Server following this guide, you can skip to the point 2.

1. You have to install csh and tcsh and to create the necessary folders:

Open a TerminalApplications > Accessories > Terminal
insert those commands (press ENTER after everyone, enter you account password when required)

sudo apt-get install csh tcsh

cd ~

mkdir ~/abaqus

mkdir ~/abaqustemp

mkdir ~/abawrk

2. Install the necessary libraries and packages.

Open a terminal, if it is not yet opened, and insert those commands (press ENTER after everyone, enter you account password when required)

sudo apt-get install build-essential libmotif3 libmotif-dev

cd ~

wget http://ftp.it.debian.org/debian/pool/main/g/gcc-3.3/libstdc++5_3.3.6-18_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i libstdc++5_3.3.6-18_amd64.deb

3. You have now to insert the License and Product DVD or to mount the .iso file:

If you have the DVD

insert the disk in your optical drive.

Also, if you have the .iso DVD image:

In the opened terminal, insert those commands (press ENTER after everyone, enter you account password when required)

sudo mkdir /media/virtualCD2

sudo mount FILE_LOCATION.iso /media/virtualCD2 -t iso9660 -o loop

where FILE_LOCATION is the .iso file name complete of his location.

4. Launch the license server.

If you have a customized License Server:

Start the license server and continue to the installation procedure

Also, if you installed the License Server following this guide:

Open a terminal, if it is not yet opened, and insert this command to start the license server

abalic

This is a customized command, you saved it in the .bashrc file in the home.

If there is no error, continue to the installation procedure..



Installation procedure

1. Go to home and Run csh:

in the opened terminal, insert this command (press ENTER after everyone, enter you account password when required)

cd ~

csh


a csh shell will be opened in your terminal.

2. Run the setup using the -nosystemchecks option that is needed to ignore the not supported Linux distribution:

If you have the DVD

insert this command in the terminal:

/media/YOUR_DVD_LOCATION/setup -nosystemchecks

where YOUR_DVD_LOCATION is the directory where is mounted your DVD. If you don't know it, you can navigate in your window manager and see it. Anyway, when you are writing the location, after have wrote /media/ you can press two times TAB key and a list of suggestion will appear.

Also, if you have the .iso DVD image:

insert this command in the terminal:

/media/virtualCD2/setup -nosystemchecks

Anyway:

insert the scratch directory when required:

~/abaqustemp

follow the graphical product installation.

When required insert your license server:

27003@PCNAME

where PCNAME is your pc name.

Insert the documentation location when required.

Leave default Abaqus work directory when required and end the installation.



3. Exit the csh shell:

exit


Starting ABAQUS Cae

The ABAQUS installation is completed, but before starting ABAQUS, you every time have to start the License Server with the abalic command.

Now you can run Abaqus in text mode in your terminal using those commands: 

cd ~/abawrk

abaqus

where you enter the abawrk folder before starting software in order to keep clean your system.

to end Abaqus, use ctrl+c keys in the terminal.

You can also start ABAQUS in the Graphic mode, you can utilise those commands:

cd ~/abawrk

abacae

It will be started with the -mesa mode, and you might have to disable compiz in order to use it.

If you want to disable compiz you have to install the Compiz Fusion Icon from Applications > Ubuntu Software Center.
Once installed, start this application from Applications > System tools > Compiz Fusion Icon and a blue icon will appear in your status bar, click with the right button and from the menu select Select Windows Manager > Metacity.




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Dario Episcopo,
May 11, 2010, 7:00 AM
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