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A.2 Installing a Single-Machine Copy on Unix

Section 3.3 describes how to install Mathematica on a Unix client so that it uses a network license supplied by a license server. This section describes how to install and run Mathematica using a single-machine password. To complete the installation, you will need to contact Wolfram Research and obtain a password (see Section 1.4.2 for details).

To install a single-machine copy of Mathematica on Unix:

1. Mount the CD. For information on mounting the CD, see Section 3.1.

2. Change directory to /cdrom/Unix.

cd /mnt/cdrom/Unix

3. Run the installer.


4. You are asked to select the platform for which you are doing the installation. Choose one of the available options and press EnterKey to continue. Note: This step does not appear when installing on Linux.


Mathematica 5.0 Installer


Copyright (c) 2003 Wolfram Research, Inc. All rights reserved.

WARNING: Mathematica 5.0 is protected by copyright law and international

treaties. Unauthorized reproduction or distribution may result in severe civil

and criminal penalties, and will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible

under law.

For which of the following platforms would you like to install


(1) Solaris




(5) Linux-AXP

(6) Linux-IA64

Type your selection (multiple choices can be separated with spaces), or press

ENTER to select (1):

5. You can either do a full install or a minimal install. Choose one of the two options and press EnterKey to continue.

The following installation methods are available:

(1) Full

(2) Minimal

Type your selection, or press ENTER to select (1):

6. The installer prompts you to specify the directory to which Mathematica should be installed. The default location is /usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/5.0. Press EnterKey to accept the default, or type in a new location and then press EnterKey.

Enter the installation directory, or press ENTER to select


If you specify a directory that does not exist, the installer will give you the option of creating the directory. If a copy of Mathematica already exists in the directory you specify, the installer will inform you before overwriting the files.

Thank you for upgrading your copy of Mathematica. A previous version was found in the specified location. Installing into this location will result in the removal of ALL files. If you have any files you wish to keep in this directory you should exit the installer and move the files to a separate directory before continuing.

Overwrite directory (y/n)?

7. Once you have answered all the questions, the installer begins copying files from the CD to the top directory you specified. The progress of the copying is indicated by a progress bar on the screen.

Now installing...

[*************** ]

8. You are asked for the location in which to copy the executable scripts. The directory should be one that is present on each user's PATH. The scripts are also installed within the Mathematica directory, in Executables/platform. Type a location or accept the default and press EnterKey.

Type the directory path in which the Mathematica scripts will be created,

or press ENTER to select /usr/local/bin:

9. The installer checks to see if any other Mathematica scripts exist on the current PATH. If they do, you are given the chance to rename each script. Either type 1 to overwrite the existing scripts or type 2 to rename the scripts. Press EnterKey when finished. If you chose to rename the scripts, you will be prompted for an extension to append to the executable file names.

The scripts 'math', 'mathematica', 'Mathematica', 'MathKernel', 'mcc' already

exist in the directory /usr/local/bin. The following actions can be performed

on the existing file(s).

(1) Overwrite

(2) Rename

Type your selection, or press ENTER to select (1):

10. You are given several options for installing the password. Type 1 and press EnterKey to run Mathematica using a single-machine license.

Please choose how you want to configure the password for Mathematica 5.0.

(1) Single machine

Install a password specific to this machine. Mathematica will launch

and you can enter your password.

(2) Network license

Obtain a license from a MathLM License Server on your network each time

Mathematica is launched.

(3) Enter license information later

Input your password and register when you start Mathematica.

Type your selection, or press ENTER to select (1):1

11. You are prompted to enter your name, the name of your organization, and your license ID. Press EnterKey after each step. The license ID is printed on the license certificate included in the box.

Configuring Single-Machine Password...

Mathematica 5.0 for Linux

Copyright 1988-2003 Wolfram Research, Inc.

You will need to get a password from your

license certificate or from Wolfram Research


Machine name: fermat

MathID:    7113-11224-95480

You will need a valid license ID and password in order

to proceed. Go to or

consult your Getting Started documentation.

Enter your name: jsmith

Enter the name of your organization: WRI

Enter your license ID [format Lxxxx-xxxx]: L1111-1111

12. You are prompted to enter your password. If you have not already received your password, you will need to register with Customer Service, and supply your MathID and license ID to get the password (see Section 1.4.2). Enter your password exactly as it was given to you, with all the dashes, colons, and numbers, and press EnterKey.

Enter your password:

13. The installer creates the mathpass file and informs you of its location. The installation is now complete. You should test the installation, using the sample commands given in Section 3.4.2.

Creating password file entry in


See your Getting Started documentation if you need to

set up a site-wide password file.

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