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How do I set up the Imagineer License Server on Linux with systemd?

Tags: Mocha, Installation & Licensing

NOTE: This document only applies to the legacy Imagineer License Server that serves the FlexLM licenses provided with Mocha 5.6 and earlier. Mocha 2019 and later use the GenArts license server, which is not configured in this way.


systemd is the new mechanism for managing startup scripts and services on modern Linux distributions, replacing the previous init scripts and Upstart (on Ubuntu). The following distributions use systemd by default, although support for old-style init scripts is generally retained as much as possible.

  • RHEL/CentOS version 7.0 and newer
  • Fedora 15 and newer
  • Ubuntu 15.04 and newer
  • Debian 8 and newer

Package installation

First, install the LicenseManager package on the server. On a CentOS, RHEL or Fedora system you should be able to install the RPM package directly, while on Ubuntu or Debian you will need to convert the RPM package to the DEB format using alien (do not use the --scripts parameter, since the RPM installation scripts may not be compatible).

Dependency installation

Test that the license daemon can actually run on the system by invoking it manually from the command line (ignoring any errors about missing licenses).

$ /opt/isl/LicenseManagerV1/bin/isllmgrd -z

If the license daemon runs (and possibly immediately exits), continue to the next section. If there is an error message “No such file or directory”, this means that the necessary LSB (Linux Standard Base) package is not installed on the system.

On Ubuntu, the command to install this package would be

$ sudo apt-get install lsb

Whereas on CentOS the command is:

$ sudo yum install redhat-lsb

Other distributions may use different names for their LSB packages, so you may need to search for the appropriate package name to install.

Create the daemon user and group

This section is only needed when using a converted DEB package on Ubuntu or Debian. If you installed the RPM directly (e.g. on CentOS or RHEL), skip this section.

For security reasons, the license management daemon should not run with root privileges, but as a dedicated isllmgrd user with limited access to the system. If the LicenseManager was installed via a converted DEB package, the RPM script to create the necessary system user will not have been executed. Therefore it needs to be run manually with the following commands:

$ sudo groupadd -r isllmgrd
$ sudo useradd -r -g isllmgrd -s /sbin/nologin -c "License Manager user account" isllmgrd

Install the systemd service file

The systemd service file tells systemd how to start and stop the LicenseManager daemon, and replaces the previous isllmgrd init script which is no longer used and should be removed.

  1. Download the isllmgrd.service file from here.
  2. Install the service file into the location: /etc/systemd/system
  3. Remove the /etc/init.d/isllmgrd script, to avoid confusion and possible conflict with the old-style init system.

At this point it should be possible to start and stop the license daemon with systemd, and to obtain its log output and status.

Administering the daemon with systemd

Now that the daemon is managed by systemd instead of an init script, there are some changes in the commands used to manage the service.

To start the service, use:

$ sudo systemctl start isllmgrd

To stop the service, use:

$ sudo systemctl stop isllmgrd

To obtain the current status, use:

$ sudo systemctl status isllmgrd

Note that the status output is far more comprehensive than with the init script, giving the PID, the full command-lines of the main process and its child process, and various other information.

To obtain the log output, another systemd command is used. There is no need to look for the old /var/log/isllmgrd.log file, since this is no longer used and will not be created if it is not already present.

This command dumps the log output to the console:

$ sudo journalctl -u isllmgrd

If the user needs to send a copy of the log to support, it is better to have them redirect the output to a file rather than copy-paste from a terminal window, which may cut off long lines.

$ sudo journalctl -u isllmgrd > /tmp/isllmgrd.txt

The above command will save the log into /tmp/isllmgrd.txt which can then be sent to support as an email attachment.


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