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Required libraries to run Installation Manager in silent mode on RHEL 6

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What are the minimum required OS system libraries to run IBM Installation Manager in silent mode, command-line mode, and console mode on RHEL 6?


If you use Installation Manager in wizard mode, GUI, you must install the required gtk libraries and dependencies.  For more information, see Unable to install Installation Manager on RHEL 6.0/6.1 (64-bit).

If you use Installation Manager in silent mode, command-line mode, or console mode, a smaller set of libraries are required. For the required libraries, see the information below.


For console mode, command-line mode, or silent mode, the following libraries are required:

  • glibc
  • nss-softokn-freebl: glibc has a dependency on this library.
  • libgcc

NOTE: If you are using a 64-bit operating system but are running Installation Manager in 32-bit mode, you must install the 32-bit versions of these libraries. The 32-bit versions of these libraries are not installed on 64-bit installations of RHEL 6.x by default.

The required libraries are available on the Red Hat 6.x distribution DVD.

To install the required libraries:

1. Mount the DVD to the system. Insert the DVD into the DVD drive.

2. Open a terminal window as a user who has root privileges.

3. Execute the commands:

[root@localhost]# mkdir /mnt/cdrom
[root@localhost]# mount -o ro /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

4. Create the text file server.repo in the /etc/yum.repos.d directory.

NOTE: To use gedit, execute the command:
[root@localhost]# gedit /etc/yum.repos.d/server.repo

5. Add the following text to the file:


where baseurl depends on the mounting point and the RHEL distribution.

In the example, the mounting point is cdrom and the RHEL distribution is Workstation. You can use Server for the RHEL distribution.

6. Execute the command:

[root@localhost]# yum clean all

7. Execute the command to import related public keys:

[root@localhost]# rpm --import /mnt/cdrom/*GPG*

8. Execute the commands to install the required libraries:

[root@localhost]# yum install glibc.i686
[root@localhost]# yum install libgcc.i686

During the install you might receive prompts similar to the example. Answer the prompts with: y.

Total download size: 15 M
Installed size: 47 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y

NOTE: The package name extension, .i686, might change in the command. This change depends on the hardware platform and the Installation Manager bit mode that you use. The table lists valid values for the package name extension.

RHEL 6.0 package names on different platforms

After completion of these steps, run ./installc to install Installation Manager.

Document information

More support for: IBM Installation Manager

Software version: 1.3.2, 1.3.3, 1.3.4,, 1.4, 1.4.1, 1.4.2, 1.4.3, 1.4.4, 1.5,, 1.5.1, 1.5.2, 1.5.3, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2

Operating system(s): Linux

Reference #: 1634637

Modified date: 2013-04-17