2.1. Install Interchange and the demo catalog

The easiest way to get Interchange and the demo set up is through an RPM install on the Red Hat Linux or Linux Mandrake operating systems. You can also get Interchange by unpacking an Interchange tarball or checking out a copy of the CVS repository and doing a manual installation. These installations can be done either as a regular user or as root, installing for a special Interchange user.

You must also know what type of installation you ran so you know where to place the various files created. Before proceeding, verify that Interchange is properly installed. Also, keep in mind which type of installation you did:

Note: After installation, makecat should be run to build your catalog. For information on installing Interchange and building your catalog using makecat, see the Interchange Getting Started Guide. Do not to continue with this tutorial without a working demo catalog.

Installing the demo catalog set up the Interchange global configuration file interchange.cfg, which resides in the Interchange software directory. Also, it compiled the link program for your specific server and placed the executable program in your cgi-bin directory. This is necessary for your catalog to run properly.