Installation Guide: Linux

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This page describes how to install or upgrade UVLayout onto a Linux system.
1. Decide where you want to keep UVLayout, usually /usr/local/, then run the following command to extract the supplied software (Note: replace XXXXXX below with the build version of the downloaded file).
 tar xvfoz uvlayout-XXXXXX.tgz --directory=/usr/local
2. To launch UVLayout, run this command for the Professional version ...

... or this command for the Demo version ...

3. If this is the first time you have installed UVLayout, you will need to activate it by cut'n'pasting your license key into the keys file. Instructions on that are here.


Linux versions of the headus tools use OpenMotif for their GUI interfaces. The version of OpenMotif that's on your system is used by default, but if this is missing or incompatible, the required OpenMotif shared libs are included in the headus installation. See the OpenMotif page for further details.

Known Problems

  • Plugin mode doesn't work? If you are using a wrapper script to set up the various environment variables, make sure you pass all command line args to the 'uvlayout' binary.
  • Very poor drawing performance? See the OpenGL preference.
  • Errors on UVLayout start-up when opening UID files? This sometimes occurs when the UVLayout installation is distributed to users via a networked file system, and appears to only affect the Fedora-6 32bit build of UVLayout. Use the Fedora-10 64bit build of UVLayout to solve this problem.

Steps For Different Distros