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What to do in case of Installation Failure?

OpenLink's installers seldom fail. Furthermore, it is easy to troubleshoot installer issues, when they occur. Use the following guidelines to assist your users:

  1. Obtain the name of the user's installation files.
  2. Obtain the user's operating system and version. UNIX users should provide the output of uname -a. Linux users should provide the output of uname -a and rpm -qa | grep lib.
  3. Insure that the installation files are compatible with the user's operating system. Most installers are compatible with the intended o/s and updated versions of the o/s. For instance, Solaris 2.7 software should run on Solaris 2.7 and 2.8. It may not run on 2.5.
  4. Tell users to ftp installation shell scripts in ASCII. .taz, .dmg, and .zip files require BINARY transfer.
If the problem persists, invite UNIX users to use tar -xvf file name to decompress their .taz files. Use of tar should create a functional installation. However, environment variables may remain to be set in the product configuration files: i.e., openlink.sh, openlink.csh, openlink.ini, oplrqb.ini. Ask Windows users to check their OpenLink installation directories and registry. Occasionally, Windows installers report registry problems. However, these same installers create functional installations with properly configured variables. Consequently, users should attempt to start their brokers and test their DSNs. Finally, some Windows users may need to make substantial edits to their registries after an installer failure. Address this course of action with expert users. Do not encourage novice users to pursue this task.