Subject RE: [ib-support] FB/IB on Suse Linux
Author Jeff Blackwell
Nico -

Frank Schlottman-Goedde kindly provided the following install info for SUSE
& Classic FB...

Hope this helps!


Frank Schlottmann-Goedde's instructions on firing up Firebird under SUSE 7.0

Assumes that we're using the classic version.

a.) Get the latest build from
(Beta-Testers are always welcome :-)

open a shell window (or a virtual console) and do sth. like

frank@franks:~ > cd /tmp
frank@franks:/tmp > mkdir fb
frank@franks:/tmp > cd fb
frank@franks:/tmp/fb > ftp

Name ( anonymous
331 Anonymous login ok, send your complete e-mail address as password.
230 Anonymous access granted, restrictions apply.
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.
ftp> cd /pub/firebird/snapshot_builds/linux/
250 CWD command successful.
ftp> get fb_cs_linux_snapshot.tar.gz
226 Transfer complete.
2432962 bytes received in 05:17 (7.49 KB/s)
ftp> quit
221 Goodbye.

b.) unpack the archive:

frank@franks:/tmp/fb > tar -xzf fb_cs_linux_snapshot.tar.gz

c.) install that thing

frank@franks:/tmp/fb > cd csinstall
frank@franks:/tmp/fb/csinstall > ls interbase.tar.gz scripts
frank@franks:/tmp/fb/csinstall > su root
root@franks:/tmp/fb/csinstall > sh ./
<snip some error messages>
Please enter new password for SYSDBA user:
Install completed
root@franks:/tmp/fb/csinstall > exit
frank@franks:/tmp/fb/csinstall >

d.) Test it:

frank@franks:/tmp/fb/csinstall > /opt/interbase/bin/isql -u SYSDBA
-p masterkey
Use CONNECT or CREATE DATABASE to specify a database
SQL> create database 'test.gdb';
SQL> show version;
ISQL Version: LI-T0.9.5.211 Firebird Beta1
InterBase/linux Intel (access method), version "LI-T0.9.5.211
Firebird Beta1"
on disk structure version 10.0
SQL> quit;

I usually add the path to the binaries to /etc/profile:

# make path more comfortable
MACHINE=`test -x /bin/uname && /bin/uname --machine`

hope this gets you started.

If you want to install the superserver version, you have to add
localhost to the list of trusted hosts:

echo localhost >> /etc/hosts.equiv

and you probably want to get an init script that starts the server at
boot time:

-----Original Message-----
From: Nico Callewaert [mailto:nico.callewaert@...]
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2001 12:55 PM
Subject: [ib-support] FB/IB on Suse Linux


I downloaded Firebird for Linux Classic server. I unpacked the compressed
file to /usr. Now I can see I have a directory /usr/interbase. Under of
that there is still /bin, /include, etc, etc.... How can I install
Firebird now ??? I only see some scripts there, but I don't know what to
do with it. Do I have to run such a script ?

I'm new to linux, any help is highly appreciated.

Thanks, Nico Callewaert

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