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error launching mathematica 9.0.1 in linux

Posted 11 years ago
Hi,

I just installed Mathematica on Arch Linux. The install seemed to complete successfully. However, when I try to run mathematica, it gets stuck at start up. When I try to launch it from the terminal, I get an error:
LinkConnect::linkc: -- Message text not found -- (LinkObject[akt_shm, 3, 1])

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Nick
POSTED BY: Nick Bertrand
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Posted 11 years ago
Thanks everybody for the help! The problem was indeed with my loopback network interface, as Ilian pointed out. I needed to add a rule in my iptables configuration to allow loopback traffic. Now Mathematica is up and running.
POSTED BY: Nick Bertrand
Check whether your loopback network interface is configured correctly. Are you able to ping localhost?
POSTED BY: Ilian Gachevski
Look for what the system-call utility on your computer is called. ("strace" is common.)

Start the Mathematica Kernel with command line syntax like

   strace -o /tmp/mcrashlog.log   math

substituting the correct name of the trace utility and option.

After a second of hanging, please kill the kernel process and send the mcrashlog.log to Technical Support.
If it is over one MByte, please upload it via http://upload.wolfram.com/, rather than emailing.
For the "Recipient:" field, put   support@wolfram.com  . In the "Additional notes:" field, put
"Community 197049 for Bruce".

Which version of Arch Linux?  What CPU chip?
POSTED BY: Bruce Miller
Posted 11 years ago
Thanks for your response, Bruce. I tried running mathematica with the clean option like you suggested, but it still gets stuck, and the same error mentioned above shows in the terminal. I tried to run math from the terminal, and it asked for my activation key (I just installed Mathematica and haven't been able to open it successfully). I copied my activation key into the terminal but it just hangs.
POSTED BY: Nick Bertrand
Probably a difficulty starting the Mathematica Kernel (the part that performs the calculations).

1) Restart the computer and launch Mathematica from a terminal window with the -clean option,
mathematica  -clean &
This will make sure all preference and other start-up files are reset to default contents.

2) If that does not fix it, does the Mathematica Kernel run by itself?  The Kernel can be launched by entering "math" in a terminal window.
The bare Kernel has a plain-text interface, so you can just type 2+2 ENTER, for example, to verify that it works.
If there are error messages, send them to support@wolfram.com with a description of the computer and OS level.
Copying and pasting the whole Kernel session into the email is usually convenient.
POSTED BY: Bruce Miller
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