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Chapter 4: Development System Users

4.1 Auto-installed AS Licenses for Development Systems

If you are a Micro Focus Development System user, you need to know about AS Licenses if you are testing your application either as a linked executable, or via cobrun.

If you test your application using:

you do not need an AS License.

Micro Focus Development Systems are shipped with five AS Licenses for each developer. These licenses are installed automatically. The licenses enable you to test applications, either as linked executables or via cobrun. Whenever you install or uninstall Development licenses, the corresponding AS Licenses are automatically installed/uninstalled on the AS License database. You do not need to run AppTrack.

You might need to take special action in one instance. If you already have a licensed Development System installed from a previous version or update, then you need to trigger the automatic installation of the corresponding AS Licenses for the Development licenses you already have on your system. To do this:

  1. Change to the directory in which the Development Licenses are installed. By default, this is either /usr/lib/mflmf or /opt/lib/mflmf

  2. Type the command sh ./devas at the prompt

For example:

cd /usr/lib/mflmf
sh ./devas

You only need to run this command once, although nothing untoward will happen if you do run it again.

If you want, you can run the Licence Administration utility, in the same way as non-developers, and use any of the facilities it provides.

4.2 Additional AS Licenses for Developers

If you obtain additional AS Licenses for development testing, you install these licenses in exactly the same way as end-users would. See the chapter Installing AS Licenses for details.

By default, $COBDIR is set to point to the directory in which your Development System is installed. When you run the asadmin program the AS Licenses that are installed are linked to this directory. This means that, by default, only those applications that run using the Development System that is pointed to by $COBDIR can make use of the installed AS licenses. If you receive an updated version of Application Server, you might want to install it to a new location so that you can continue to use the older version until you are satisfied that the new one is running correctly. The AS Licenses that are linked to the location of the previous version of the Development System, are not, by default, available for use by the newly installed Development System.

To link the licenses to the location of the new development system, add a line to the text file DEVASSHARE in the installation directory of the new Application Server. This line should specify the name of the installation directory path of the original Application Server. The file must have general read permissions for all users. If this file does not exist, create it with a text editor and give it full read permissions.

For example, if the the original Application Server is installed in /usr/original/AS and the new Application Server is installed in /usr/new/AS, DEVASSHARE should contain the line:


You should also read the previous section, to exploit the use of auto-installed AS Licenses for development testing.

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