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Old 12-01-2005, 07:49 AM   #1
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Bloddy Newbie Question: How to install Bash + top ?

My very first work with AIX shall be the installation of Bash and top.
But, as usual the first time, I have no clue from where to get them and how to install...
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Doing a Google search for "bash for AIX" led me to the following link:

On which the following quote appears:
"AIX users can get precompiled versions of older releases of bash for various versions of AIX from Groupe Bull, and sources and binaries of current releases for various AIX releases from UCLA. IBM makes bash-2.05b available for AIX 5L as part of the AIX toolbox for [GNU/]Linux applications. They use RPM format; you can get RPM for AIX from there, too."

That was just the first link the search returned. Since IBM is big on Linux it appears they've even gone as far as creating an AIX Toolbox for Linux stuff.

Doing a Google search for "top for AIX" led me to multiple links that suggest top is a builtin for the utility "monitor" that comes with AIX.

This link gave the most information:

Apparently all you have to do to see top style output is "monitor -top" if I read it correctly.
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I get the majority of my AIX binaries, including bash from UCLA as jlightner suggested above:

As for a performance montior, AIX comes with 'topas', which is similar if not better than top.
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bash, top, nmon, topas

I recommend using the opensource rpm packages whenever possible. Bash install is this easy:
rpm -ivh

Although, I usually download them to the server then install them. Them being:
bash bzip2 cdrecord fileutils findutils gcc less lsof make mkisofs ncftp openssl tar unzip vim wget zip
These binaries live in /opt/freeware and you'll need /opt/freeware/bin & sbin in your path to use. RPMS:

Notice there is no top :-(. But basic top from here will compile:

But It's better to use nmon and/or topas utilities (dont use monitor; bad license & doesnt work on 5.3):

Here are more AIX links from my aix portal:



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