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Installing IBM iSeries Access for Linux in Ubuntu


There are some application that you can used for emulate iSeries from your ubuntu machine. You can easily just using telnet from your terminal or use tn5250.

Actually beside for Windows, IBM also release iSeries Access for linux, though not as complete as the windows version, where they also include iSeries Navigator.

After some trial to install iSeries Access for Linux in Ubuntu, here some steps that I can share for you which I already proven that these steps is working,:D

First of all you need to download iSeries Access Linux from IBM site. Just for your notice you have to registrate yourself before you can download anything from IBM site, this is not a big deal, cause it is so simple.

Because the file that you will get is an rpm file you will need alien to enabling you execute that file in your Ubuntu machine.

If you don’t have alien in your Ubuntu then install it using

$ sudo apt-get alien

Then install the iSeries Access and some packages that it needs

$ sudo alien -i iSeriesAccess-5.2.0-1.10.i386.rpm
$ sudo apt-get install libmotif3
$ sudo apt-get install libxaw6
$ sudo apt-get install libstdc++5

After you execute above steps, then here some configuration that you must do

$ sudo ln -s /opt/ibm/iSeriesAccess/lib/ /usr/lib/
$ sudo ln -s /opt/ibm/iSeriesAccess/lib/ /usr/lib/
$ sudo ln -s /opt/ibm/iSeriesAccess/lib/ /usr/lib/
$ sudo ln -s /opt/ibm/iSeriesAccess/lib/ /usr/lib/

IBM5250 expects something other than en_US.UTF-8, so run this to start.

$ /opt/ibm/iSeriesAccess/bin/ibm5250 -LANGID en_us

For comfortable and easiness to start iSeries Access in your ubuntu you can make a launcher in your desktop, here the steps

Right-click in your desktop

Then it will show you a window like this

Choose Application in Type

Fill any name that you desired (i.e. iSeries Access)

In Command you must fill this
/opt/ibm/iSeriesAccess/bin/ibm5250 -LANGID en_us

For the icon you can used what fatbuttlarry have created and shared in ubuntu forums they are quite nice i think

I have try in Ubuntu 8.04, 8.10 and 9.04 and these steps is worked.

Notes sometimes you need to install msttcorefonts to makes it worked

$ sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

Have a nice day

4 Responses to Installing IBM iSeries Access for Linux in Ubuntu

  1. Anjar,

    Perfect, thanks.

  2. Steve,
    Don’t mention it.

    Gladly you found this article useful for you though it quite old article because i made it 2 years ago 😀

  3. Unfortunately, the libmotif3 package is not anymore available which makes the ibm5250 -LANGID not anymore responding correctly:

    /opt/ibm/iSeriesAccess/bin/ibm5250: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

  4. @Remi
    Hi Remi, yes looks like they have remove libmotif3 from package which can be installed through apt-get, seems they substitute it with libmotif4.

    But you can still install it by manually download it and then run the .deb package.
    You can find in every ubuntu repository mirrors site. Like the one which i got from

    you can choose package whose name is libmotif3_2.2.3-4_XXX.deb
    where XXX is your machine bit version (either is i386 or amd64)

    I’ve yet try this option, but maybe it is worth for you to try it


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