20.4 Installing Maple

Contributed by Aaron Kaplan. Thanks to Robert Getschmann.

Maple is a commercial mathematics program similar to Mathematica. You must purchase this software from http://www.maplesoft.com/ and then register there for a license file. To install this software on FreeBSD, please follow these simple 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. If you have not done so, order a license for Maple from Maple Waterloo Software (http://register.maplesoft.com) and copy it 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 your machine for the license server.

  4. Patch the usr/local/maple/bin/maple.system.type file 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 -----

    Please note that after the "FreeBSD"|\ no other whitespace should be present.

    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/etc/rc.d/lmgrd.sh 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-start maple:

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

    You should be up and running. Make sure to write Maplesoft to let them know you would like a native FreeBSD version!

20.4.1 Common Pitfalls

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