Customising a Linux Installation

This section applies if you installed Jim on a Linux system. It describes how to tailor the installation for your convenience and to improve the performance of Jim.

On Linux systems, you can start Jim and the stand-alone tools by selecting the application from the start applications menu, sub-menu Jim9.

However, also included in the install directory is a subdirectory called Unix, which contains customisable shell scripts that allow you to customise the way Jim and the stand-alone tools run. One of these scripts (called RunTool) is a master script that contains comments and instructions on how to change certain settings for Jim and the stand-alone tools. You may wish to do this:

  1. If want to run Jim and the stand-alone tools from the command line, or in batch mode (no graphical user interface).
  2. If you receive messages from Jim that it does not have enough memory to load images, or if it hogs memory, you may want to change the way that Jim and the tools use memory,
  3. If Jim cannot find the license file, you can tell it explicitly where to look.
  4. If Jim is still having problems with the license, you can turn on debugging messages from the licensing system.
  5. If, after having installed Jim in one location, you decide to move the install directory elsewhere. You can simply use the mv command to relocate the install directory, and then reconfigure the RunTool script for this new location.
Open the script RunTool using your favourite text editor (having first copied the script to a backup file), and customise it using the instructions written in the script. Don't forget to make the scripts in the Unix directory executable for all your users:

chmod 755 *

Once you have customised RunTool, copy it and all the other scripts in the Unix directory to an executable directory that is in the path of every user (such as /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin).

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