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Resolving V7.0 graphical wizard start-up issues on AIX

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This article suggests graphical (X11) filesets which should be installed on AIX® 6.1 in order to use the WebSphere® Application Server V7.0 graphical install wizard.


WebSphere Application Server V7.0 can be installed using a graphical interface called the installation wizard. In order to use this graphical mode, the AIX system needs to be capable of displaying graphics using X windows. The AIX system administrator can configure graphics to display on a local terminal or on a remotely connected X windows client.

In order for the product installer to be able to take advantage of X windows, certain graphical filesets should be installed on the AIX system. If a necessary fileset is missing, the installer may not start up. In such cases, the installation program will display a message on the terminal:

The installer is unable to run in graphical mode. Try running the installer with the -console or -silent flag.

The installation log may also show this error message:

com.installshield.wizard.StandardWizardListener, err, could not initialize interface swing

  • The error message mentions the "-console" flag as an alternative solution. Instead of using that, use the "-silent" flag. See the alternative solutions section below for more details.
  • This error message can occur for the WebSphere Application Server installer for other versions of the product, and on other operating systems as well. This article is specific to AIX 6.1 and WebSphere Application Server V7.0. Consult with the operating system's administrator if the WebSphere Application Server installer encounters issues with X11 libraries or X windows on other operating systems to ensure that the graphical capabilities / X windows are working properly.

Resolving the problem

When the WebSphere Application Server V7.0 installer is unable to start up in graphical mode on AIX, it is possible that the AIX system is missing certain graphical filesets. When troubleshooting this kind of issue, check that the appropriate graphical filesets are installed first.

If the installation wizard is unable to start up in graphical mode, then ask the AIX system administrator to check that the filesets in the list below are installed. One manner of generating the list is by running this command:

lslpp -la | grep -i x11

Note that the list below is just a suggested list, and you may find that the graphical installer works fine with a different list of filesets installed. Also note that this list of filesets was derived from AIX 6.1 systems. Other supported versions of AIX (such as AIX 5.3) may use varied, but very similar names for these filesets.


For the U.S. English locale, the 8 packages listed below would also be recommended. Other locales may require additional filesets specific to their locale.


Once these filesets are installed, then the WebSphere Application Server V7.0 installer should be able to operate in graphical mode, either using a local terminal or a remote X windows connection.

Alternate solution
If the graphical install wizard does not work, then you can install the product in silent mode instead. The silent installer follows the same steps to install the product, but instead of selecting your install options using the wizard, you set up the options in a "response file" prior to running the install. The resulting installation using the silent install is the same as the installation produced by the graphical wizard.

When the graphical install wizard fails to start up, it displays a standard installation error message, suggesting the use of the "-silent" or "-console" options. The "-silent" option is supported, but the "-console" option is not.

For more information regarding silent product installation, refer to the InfoCenter article for installing the product silently.

Document information

More support for: WebSphere Application Server

Software version: 7.0

Operating system(s): AIX

Software edition: Base, Express, Network Deployment

Reference #: 1372845

Modified date: 25 February 2009

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