11.4 Installing Maple

Contributed by Aaron Kaplan. Thanks to Robert Getschmann.

Maple is a commercial mathematics program similar to Mathematica®. This software must be purchased and licensed from Maplesoft. To install the Linux® version of this software on FreeBSD, follow these steps.

  1. Execute the INSTALL shell script from the product distribution. Choose the “RedHat” option when prompted by the installation program. A typical installation directory might be /usr/local/maple.

  2. Copy the license to /usr/local/maple/license/license.dat.

  3. Install the FLEXlm license manager by running the INSTALL_LIC install shell script that comes with Maple. Specify the primary hostname for the machine for the license server.

  4. Patch /usr/local/maple/bin/maple.system.type with the following:

       ----- snip ------------------
    *** maple.system.type.orig      Sun Jul  8 16:35:33 2001
    --- maple.system.type   Sun Jul  8 16:35:51 2001
    *** 72,77 ****
    --- 72,78 ----
              # the IBM RS/6000 AIX case
    +     "FreeBSD"|\
              # the Linux/x86 case
            # We have two Linux implementations, one for Red Hat and
       ----- snip end of patch -----

    Note that no whitespace should be present after "FreeBSD"|\.

    This patch instructs Maple to recognize FreeBSD as a type of Linux system. The bin/maple shell script calls the bin/maple.system.type shell script which in turn calls uname -a to find out the operating system name. Depending on the OS name it will find out which binaries to use.

  5. Start the license server.

    The following script, installed as /usr/local/rtc/rc.d/lmgrd is a convenient way to start up lmgrd:

       ----- snip ------------
    #! /bin/sh
    export PATH
    case "$1" in
    	lmgrd -c ${LICENSE_FILE} 2>> ${LOG} 1>&2
    	echo -n " lmgrd"
    	lmgrd -c ${LICENSE_FILE} -x lmdown 2>> ${LOG} 1>&2
    	echo "Usage: `basename $0` {start|stop}" 1>&2
    	exit 64
    exit 0
       ----- snip ------------
  6. Test that Maple starts:

    % cd /usr/local/maple/bin
    % ./xmaple

    Once everything is working, consider writing Maplesoft to let them know you would like a native FreeBSD version!

11.4.1 Common Pitfalls