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  2. Objective/Summary
  3. The Avalanche product comes with a fully-featured TCL API for Windows and Linux operating systems. Coupled with the “GUI to TCL” feature of the Windows thick client (Avalanche Commander) it’s a very powerful automation tool. The typical use case is “write a test case in the GUI, export it to TCL and execute it from a Linux Virtual Machine” (through a cron task for instance or a Continuous Integration process). This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to do just that on Spirent supported CentOS.
  4.  
  5. Environment/Versions
  6. NOTE: For specific versions supported, please see the Avalanche Release Notes (DOC11034 and DOC11033).
  7. CentOS
  8. Java SE RunTime Environment 7
  9. TCL threaded binary (32-bit version)
  10. Spirent appliance/chassis or virtual platform
  11. Avalanche Commander Edition - Software and Documentation Controlled Release, <version #> for Red Hat Linux EL3/EL5 (Downloadable from Spirent Customer Service Center)
  12. Procedure
  13. Preparing the system
  14. Setting up Linux OS is self-explanatory; hence this solution article will not explain how to set up CentOS.
  15. The following step-by-step procedures explain how to set up Java SE 7, TCL, and Avalanche Linux API.
  16.  
  17. 1.   First, install Java SE 7 (refer to jre-7u80-linux-i586.rpm):
  18.       [root@localhost tmp]# rpm -ivh jre-7u80-linux-i586.rpm
  19.      
  20. 2.   Because Orcale JRE rpm does not register in the alternatives automatically, we need manually resister it and configure the system to use the JRE7 :
  21.       [root@localhost ~]#  update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/java" "java" "/usr/java/jre1.7.0_80/bin/java" 4
  22.       [root@localhost ~]#  update-alternatives --config java
  23.       There are 2 programs which provide 'java'.
  24.         Selection    Command
  25.       -----------------------------------------------
  26.          1           /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.4.2-gcj/bin/java
  27.       *+ 2           /usr/java/jre1.7.0_80/bin/java
  28.  
  29.       Enter to keep the current selection[+], or type selection number:
  30.  
  31. 3.   Verify the installed Java version :
  32.       [root@localhost ~]# # java -version
  33.       java version "1.7.0_80"
  34.       Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_80-b15)
  35.       Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 24.80-b11, mixed mode, sharing)
  36.  
  37. 4.   Next, let's install TCL threaded binary (32-bit version) Linux (x86) and set it up.
  38.       [root@localhost ~]# tar -xvzf ActiveTcl8.5.18.0.298892-linux-x86-threaded.tar.gz
  39.       [root@localhost ~]#./ActiveTcl8.5.18.0.298892-linux-x86-threaded/install.sh [stuff happening, use all default values]
  40.  
  41. 5.   Then, add the path to the TCL interpreter in that user’s PATH environment variable in ~/.bash_profile :
  42.       [root@localhost ~]#vi ~/.bash_profile
  43.       PATH=/opt/ActiveTcl-8.5/bin:$PATH:$HOME/bin
  44.       export PATH
  45.  
  46.  
  47. 6.   Now, install and extract the Avalanche Linux API and move it under /opt/spirent/api :
  48.       [root@localhost ~]# tar -xvzf Layer_4_7_Auto_Linux_4.xx.tar.gz
  49.       [root@localhost ~]# mkdir /opt/spirent/
  50.       [root@localhost ~]# mkdir /opt/spirent/api
  51.       [root@localhost ~]# mv -f Layer_4_7_Auto_Linux_4.xx/Layer_4_7_Application_Linux/ /opt/spirent/api/
  52.  
  53. 7.   If you are using a C100U device, you need to create a directory where to store the licenses of the load generators:
  54.       (You can skip this step if using any other platform.)
  55.       [root@localhost ~]# mkdir /opt/spirent/licenses
  56.  
  57.        Make a directory where you’ll put all the tests.  
  58.        [root@localhost ~]# mkdir ~/spirent/tests
  59.  
  60. 8.   Avalanche TCL scripts rely on a couple of environment variables so we also need to put them in to the user’s profile.
  61.       The first one is SPIRENT_TCLAPI_ROOT, the second one is SPIRENT_TCLAPI_LICENSEROOT.
  62.       Edit the profile again and add these lines at the end:
  63.       [root@localhost ~]#vi ~/.bash_profile
  64.       export SPIRENT_TCLAPI_ROOT=/opt/spirent/api/Layer_4_7_Application_Linux/TclAPI
  65.       export SPIRENT_TCLAPI_LICENSEROOT=/opt/spirent/licenses
  66.  
  67.       Reload the profile and make sure it's working
  68.       [root@localhost ~]# source ~/.bash_profile
  69.       [root@localhost ~]# echo $PATH
  70.       /usr/local/bin:/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/home/bench/bin:/home/bench/bin:/opt/ActiveTcl-8.5/bin
  71.  
  72. 9.   Finally, we need to install the Session Manager daemon. This is a middleware that interfaces itself between the GUI/TCL scripts and the Avalanche backend.
  73.       Its main function is to ensure backward compatibility of scripts, but also to track the sessions between a front end (TCL, GUI) and the backend.
  74.       A Shell script will set everything up for you. First we need to make all the scripts executable, then run the main one.  
  75.       [root@localhost ~]# cd /opt/spirent/api/Layer_4_7_Application_Linux/service/bin/
  76.       [root@localhost bin]# cdmod +x ./*
  77.       [root@localhost bin]# ./installDaemon.sh
  78.       [root@localhost bin]# ./startDaemon.sh
  79.  
  80. 10. You can confirm that everything was set up correctly if you see the daemon listening on port 9194:
  81.       [root@localhost bin]# netstat -tap | grep 9194   tcp        0      0 *:9194                      *:*                         LISTEN      10309/java
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