This is a tutorial to install the 3d graphics application Alias Maya 6.5 from the .rmp files you get on the cd if you purchase it. You should copy these to your hard drive, preferably to your home folder.
This install was made in Ubuntu Hoary 386 with the 2.6.10 kernel. It will also work in Breezy if you install the packages "xlibs" and "xlibs-data". I have no idea if it will work on other systems.
1. Maya needs the C shell program "csh" so you need to apt-get it.
2. Install the program Alien to convert your maya .rmp files to .deb.
sudo apt-get install csh
3. Use "sudo alien -cv xxx.rpm": (i for install, v for verbose). Replace the x'es with the correct numbers of your packages.
sudo apt-get install alien
4. Install them with "sudo dpkg -i"
sudo alien -cv AWCommon-server-6.3-x.xxxx.rpm
sudo alien -cv AWCommon-6.3-x.xxxx.rpm
sudo alien -cv Maya6_5-x.x-xxx.xxxx.rpm
sudo alien -cv Maya6-5-docs_x.x-xxx_xxxx.rpm
sudo alien -cv Openmotif_2.1.xx-x_xxxx.rpm
5. Create the following links:
sudo dpkg -i AWCommon-server-6.3-x.xxxx.deb
sudo dpkg -i AWCommon-6.3-x.xxxx.deb
sudo dpkg -i Maya6_5-x.x-xxx.xxxx.deb
sudo dpkg -i Maya6-5-docs_x.x-xxx_xxxx.deb
sudo dpkg -i Openmotif_2.1.xx-x_xxxx.deb
6. Maya wants to use the directory /usr/tmp/ for storing temporary files.
sudo ln -s /usr/aw /aw
sudo ln -s libawcsprt.so.1 libawcsprt.so
sudo ln -s libpcwxml.so.1 libpcwxml.so
7. Run the license install script "installKey" in /usr/aw/COM/bin/ (you can do this in your window browser, in Gnome - Nautilus). Copy the contents from the licence file you got when you bought/registered the software, in my case it's "aw.dat", into the window that opens. You can also point installKey to the file.
sudo mkdir /usr/tmp
sudo chmod 777 /usr/tmp
8. Type "maya" (without "") in console to start, or use Smeg to create a shortcut in the Gnome panel. If you only get some configuration wizard window, and your console displays an error like this:
Then there is probably something wrong with your licence file (aw.dat). Contact your support/reseller to get a new one.
you@yourhostname:/usr/aw/maya6.5/bin$ Failed to load m5opa from
9. As you probably will want to use the "Alt-key+mouse button" combination to pan and rotate in your viewport, open System/Preferences/Windows in the upper Gnome panel and change the Movement Key to Control or Super.
You also need to have graphics drivers (and card) with openGL support, but the drivers you get with Ubuntu will probably work. Otherwise, check the Ubuntu howtos for how to install your driver.