[Sidefx-houdini-list] New to Linux, Install Help

Peter Robbinson probbins at sympatico.ca
Tue Jan 15 12:43:58 EST 2008

I'm wondering if the problem for new users has to do with the command 
line installation process.
Specifically the step where you choose to install houdini and the 
license software. Perhaps they are
installing the license software each time and that is causing trouble.

Anyways, I've been using Ubuntu for some time now, and using sudo and 
have encounter no problems with the install.
So here are my steps.

Move the downloaded software to /opt

- sudo tar -zxvf houdini.XXXX  ( for Ubuntu 7.04 32bit, it's the gcc3.4 
version, for 7.10 64bit, it's gcc4.1)

- go into the installation directory

- sudo ./install.houdini

I say yes in the appropriate places, but I don't install the server 
software, since I've done that already.

Once the install is done I go into the installed directory, looks like 

- source houdini_setup_bash  (Ubuntu uses the bash shell by default)

Go to the directory where I want to launch houdini and do so.


regards, Peter

Andrew D Lyons wrote:
> So have we arrived at any clear documention of a Houdini 9 install for
> ubuntu based systems? (I'm going to be doing a kubuntu install at some
> point soon.)
> Thanks!
> On 15/01/2008, Pablo Giménez <pablogipi at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 2008/1/15, John Coldrick <jc at axyzfx.com>:
>>> On Monday 14 January 2008 17:33, Andrew D Lyons wrote:
>>>> We have someone here having troubles on an ubuntu build as well. This
>>>> license process does sounds like it could do with some
>>>> "enhancement"...
>>>         Everything I've been reading in this(and other) threads has been
>>> related to a
>>> lack of understanding of Linux and the recommended process for installing
>>> an
>>> application.  IMHO this is an offshoot of the whole 'sudo' crap with
>>> Ubuntu -
>>> it aims itself at an inexperienced user and fails to instill the proper
>>> process.  The houdini installer works just fine.
>> I am agree with you john, except in your critic to the  Ubuntu way of
>> implementing "root".
>> I have installed Houdini many times in ubuntu systems as sudo without
>> problems.
>> For me  is easier  and cleaner  for a final user.
>> But obviously if somebody expects to have the same permissions when running
>> a process with special  user than running it with a regular user is his own
>> problem.
>> Is a problem of not uderstanding the os (Win and mac do things in a similar
>> way).
>> Anyway I think that a graphical install program, as long as, the usual text
>> based install process will be very handy for those people not so familiar
>> with unix.
>>         If you install as root, and you stuff it in your home directory, you
>>> would
>>> expect permissions to be wrong.  You should *not* be installing
>>> applications
>>> in your $HOME as a rule.  If you ran as root, you will have permissions to
>>> install in the default directory - /opt/hfsxx.xx.xx.  This would also
>>> install
>>> the licensing in /usr/lib/sesi, with only root acess - again as it should.
>>> This is likely the reason for all the confusion - trying to install the
>>> app
>>> in $HOME, doing it as an end user instead of root, this would not work
>>> properly installing the licensing.
>>>         You run the licensing (hkey) as root(using sudo on Ubuntu, I
>>> imagine).
>>>         J.C.
>>> --
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>> Best Regards
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