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Old 08-01-2012, 04:43 AM   #1
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AIX software on Linux


Hi all,

I have this enterprise grade software which is supposed to be installed on AIX. I am thinking of porting it to my Redhat Enterprise Linux 6.3 for dev purposes, but I am a little hesitant of doing so because it just might not work. I don't want to spend hours sending it because the file is a little large (2GB i guess). So, I need to know if someone have tried installing AIX software on a Linux distribution. I'm thinking about things like different system calls, directories, etc.

Any ideas would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 08-01-2012, 06:01 PM   #2
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Depends

If the project is Java, scripts, or fairly standard OOS software so that any native code executable can be replaced with a version for the Linux hardware involved: then it MIGHT be done. If the programs are native code (compiled C for example) and you have no source, I would not ever consider it.

It is not only the Kernel and OS that differs, you are talking about a major difference in hardware including a different CPU architecture. I have ported projects in both directions, but I had ALL of the source code, some of the original design documents, and good compilers to work with.

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Old 08-01-2012, 09:48 PM   #3
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I see. Yes, it's compiled, no source code available, and from what I read on an installation instruction, it's supposed to be installed on an IBM AIX machine.

Thanks!
 
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Knowing this software might help us decide.


If it were fully posix then it might work. You don't get too many fully posix apps but it could be old. IBM has extensive topics on it's AIX and programs.

It is a simple task to create a virtual machine and load Centos or Scientific linux to test it.


I kind of assume you have a power processor though.
 
Old 08-02-2012, 08:16 AM   #5
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Hi guys,

Just a quick note on the processors, as there seems to be some contradictory assumptions around :-)

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It is not only the Kernel and OS that differs, you are talking about a major difference in hardware including a different CPU architecture.
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I kind of assume you have a power processor though.
Just for clarity: There are Linux distros that run on PowerPC processors & IBM Power Systems servers in particular.

I'd guess this is not the target platform for this exercise, though, as there would be little reason to run Linux rather than AIX in such a case. Ilesterg, Could you confirm - what is the target hardware - Intel?

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Clifford
 
Old 08-02-2012, 09:54 PM   #6
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I see, well I plan to use Intel x86_64, which is the only available as of now. Should I check the documentation of the software and see what processors could it run on?
 
  


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