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Issues with the IBM Install manager GUI on RHEL 6.x ?

If you are attempting to install Connections 4.5 on RHEL 6.3 or above you will have noticed that there is an issue with using the GUI for the IBM Installation Manager with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

The IM won’t fire up a GUI even though xterm works for other GUI’s on the machine, no errors, no splash screen, no nothing !!

It has been driving both Stuart and I bonkers .. after a lot of digging here is what you need to get it to work :

yum install gtk2.i686 gtk2-engines.i686 PackageKit-gtk-module.i686 PackageKit-gtk-module.x86_64 libcanberra-gtk2.x86_64 libcanberra-gtk2.i686

I ran this and hey presto a splash screen …

So to save your pain .. install the gtk2 packages above 🙂

Also in other news the new installation manager seems to now be fixed so you don’t get the issue with the launch pad complaining there is no Firefox – you may have noticed that there was an issue using older versions of the launch pad with Firefox 10+

Happy installing