Before starting a standard RPM installation, ensure that all of the prerequisite software is installed on your machine. See Software Requirements for details.
This is not necessary if you are using an RPM administration utility as it installs any missing prerequisite packages at the same time as installing the Micro Focus package.
The RPM installer for Visual COBOL is distributed as a .bin file and is available from your Electronic Product Delivery email.
To download and extract the file:
To install Visual COBOL:
rpm -i filename.rpm
This installs the product to the following default location - /opt/microfocus/VisualCOBOL.
Alternatively, you can start the filename.rpm file from the file manager program available on your operating system:
This installs the product and any missing prerequisites.
The yum repository must be configured before you start a yum installation. See your yum documentation for instructions. This is not necessary if you have a subscription to an RPM Web site.
To install from a CD or using an ISO image:
[dvd] name=Red Hat Enterprise Linux Installation DVD baseurl=file:///media/RHEL_6.1_DVD enabled=1 gpgcheck=0
yum install [filename.rpm]
To install using YaST2:
yast2 -i filename.rpm
If there is any missing prerequisite software, YaST prompts for the CD Media that includes the installation files.
To installing using zypper:
The output is similar to the following:
# | Alias | Name | Enabled | Refresh --+-----------------------------------+-----------------------------------+---------+-------- 1 | SLES12-12-0 | SLES12-12-0 | Yes | No
Where the number 1 repository is the SUSE OS CD Media.
zypper repos 1
zypper install [filename.rpm]
When installing an upgrade or a HotFix release of a Micro Focus product, execute the following command with superuser permissions to upgrade the existing installation:
rpm -U filename.rpm
This upgrades the existing installation of your product in /opt/microfocus/VisualCOBOL.
The installed product that you want to upgrade might contain non-default configuration settings. In such cases, when you are installing an upgrade, the RPM installer creates copies of the existing configuration files with an extension filename.rpmsave before installing the configuration files from the newer product version.
To check whether the installer has created copies of any of the older configuration files, execute the following command after you install the product:
find /opt/microfocus/VisualCOBOL -name *.rpmsave -print
By default, you must run the RPM installer with superuser permissions so that it has write access to the RPM installation database.
In order to perform a non-root installation, you need to create and use a local user RPM installation database which does not require superuser permissions.
To install into a non-root location, execute the following commands:
cd $HOME mkdir -p $HOME/rpmdb rpm --initdb --dbpath $HOME/rpmdb rpm --root $HOME --dbpath $HOME/rpmdb --relocate /usr=$HOME \ --nodeps -i --nodeps --prefix=$HOME/VisualCOBOL filename.rpm
To install the product into a non-default location, execute the following command with superuser permissions:
rpm -i --prefix=[FullPath] filename.rpm
Where FullPath is the directory on your machine where you want to install the product.
During the installation, the RPM installer creates a log file in /opt/microfocus/logs. The log file contains all of the information that was displayed on the terminal screen during the installation as well as some additional information about the product configuration.