installing and running LC on 'headless' linux server

matthias_livecode_150811 at matthias_livecode_150811 at
Mon Feb 1 07:07:02 EST 2021

> Am 01.02.2021 um 10:52 schrieb Ben Rubinstein via use-livecode <use-livecode at <mailto:use-livecode at>>:
> Thanks Mark (and Matthias). That's very useful info which I'll stash for another time.
> In this case I really don't want to use the LC code over HTTP. It is purely a utility to run locally on this machine at scheduled intervals, in support of some other processes.
> For several reasons it would be more convenient to run it as a stack rather than just a script, though it would be possible to go the latter way.
> So two questions:
> - just to be clear, does LiveCode Server only work receiving requests from Apache/nginx/whatever? Or can it be run from the command line?
You can run LiveCode Server from the command line

> - is there a way to install ordinary LiveCode on a headless linux box? Or will the installer demand a GUI to complete?

According to page 7 of the Livecode 9.6.2 Release Notes, it is possible to run the installer without a gui. <>

Command-line installation
It is possible to invoke the installer from the command-line on Linux and Windows. When doing command-line installation, no GUI will be displayed. The installation process is controlled by arguments passed to the installer.
Run the installer using a command in the form:

 <installer> install -ui [OPTION ...]

where <installer> should be replaced with the path of the installer executable or app (inside the DMG) that has been downloaded. The result of the installation operation will be written to the console.

The installer understands any of the following options:

Install the IDE for "All Users". If not specified, LiveCode will be installed for the current user only.

- desktopshortcut
Place a shortcut on the Desktop (Windows-only)

 Place shortcuts in the Start Menu (Windows-only)

-location LOCATION
The folder to install into. If not specified, the LOCATION defaults to those described in the "Installation" section above.

The file to which to log installation actions. If not specified, no log is generated.

Note: the command-line installer does not do any authentication. When installing for "All Users", you will need to run the installer command as an administrator.
As the installer is actually a GUI application, it needs to be run slightly differently from other command-line programs.
On Windows, the command is:
start /wait <installer> install -ui [OPTION ...]


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