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    Question:

    How to start license server on Mac OS X automatically?

    Answer:

    A way to start Autodesk License Server on Mac OS X platform is to use a  .profile file

    • Open Textedit and make sure it is set to Plain Text:  Format > Make Plain Text.
    • Copy the contents below and save the file on the Desktop and call it: txt

    /usr/local/flexnetserver/lmgrd –c /var/flexlm/adsk_server.lic  –l /var/flexlm/adsk_server.log

    • Open a Terminal and type:

    cd $HOME

    • Type the following and the file should disappear:

    mv profile.txt .profile

    • Type the following and confirm that there is a .profile in the folder: 

    ls -la 

    • Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups.
    • Select your user and finally Login Items.
    • Click the + symbol on the bottom. In the dialog window, click on the search bar on top-right and type "Terminal". Double click on the correspondent result. Eventually, Terminal will be added in the Login Items list as shown below:

    faq-start-license-server-1.png

    • Open a Terminal  again and type the following:

     

    sudo mkdir /usr/local/flexlm

    [This will make a directory.]

    sudo mkdir /usr/local/flexlm/licenses

    [This will make a directory.]

    cd /usr/local/flexlm/licenses

    [This will go to the folder.]

    sudo chmod -R 777 /usr/local/flexlm

    [This will give full permissions to the folder and all files/folders in the directory.]

    • Copy over all contents that's located in this folder: /usr/local/flexnetserver to /usr/local/flexlm
    • Then run this command.

    cp /var/flexlm/adsk_server.lic /usr/local/flexlm/licenses/license.dat

    [This will copy the original license file to license.dat location.]

    Note: Please modify adsk_server.lic according to your license file name.

    For example: ACAD.lic

    • Reboot your computer and if this shows up in the Terminal, it's working.  You can also open the Activity Monitor (View > All Processes) and confirm that the adskflex and lmgrd are running.

    faq-start-license-server-2.png

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