Radar evaluation installation

Radar is a well behaved Perl application, and installation is usually easy. It is packaged as a conventional perl distribution, which may be installed on Unix or Windows An RPM package suitable for most Linux versions is also available.

  • Wait for a user name and password to be sent to you by email.
  • Ensure you have installed Radiator version 3.0 or later.
  • Fetch Radar (user name and password required) and install it in a work directory. Get the .rpm file for Linux RPM installations, and the .zip or .tgz file for all other plaforms.
  • Now go to Unix installation or Linux RPM installation or Windows installation


  1. Obtain and install Perl version 5.8.8 or better.
  2. Obtain and install Perl Digest-MD5 version 2.12 or later. Use your system’s package management tools or see the CPAN archive.
  3. Obtain and install Perl Tk (version Tk800.023 or better). Use your system’s package management tools or see the CPAN archive.
  4. Unpack the distribution with gunzip -c Radar-Demo-1.xx.tgz|tar xvf -. You will need the Gnu Unix tool gunzip(1) to do this.
  5. Check the latest patches and bug alerts for patches that might be relevant to your installation.
  6. Change to the distribution directory: cd Radar-Demo-1.xx
  7. perl Makefile.PL
  8. make test This is the regression test. You should see some lines saying “ok” and none saying “not ok”
  9. Log in as, or su to root
  10. make install
  11. Now any user on that host can run Radar with radar

Linux RPM

Linux users can easily install from an RPM binary package

  1. Install the package as root with rpm -Uvh Radar-Demo-1.xx-x.noarch.rpm
  2. Now any user on that host can run Radar with radar


On Windows, we recommend that you use ActivePerl from ActiveState or Strawberry Perl. They both install very easily and have many additional modules precompiled modules available.

  1. Download and install ActivePerl or Strawberry Perl.
  2. Connect your computer to the Internet so you can download any required Perl modules from ActiveState using PPM or from CPAN for Strawberry Perl.
  3. To install Perl Tk for ActivePerl, type the command:
    ppm install Tk
    To install Perl Tk for Strawberry Perl, type the command:
    cpan Tk
  4. Unpack your Radar ZIP distribution to a suitable location, such as c:radar
  5. Start a command window, change directories to the distribution directory.
  6. Type perl Makefile.PL. This will check that your distribution is complete.
  7. Run the regression tests with perl test.pl. You should see some lines like “ok xx”, and none saying “not ok xx”.
  8. Type perl Makefile.PL install. This will install Radar and its support files.
  9. Run radar with radar


Now that Radar is installed and you know that it is working properly, you need to ensure your Radiator system is configured to allow Radar to connect to your Radiator servers. See the Radar Reference Manual for more information.

Additional Resources

If you have trouble

Before you post to the mailing list asking for assistance, we suggest you go through the following check list:

  1. Consult the Reference Manual.
  2. Consult the FAQ for extra hints.
  3. Check that you are using the latest version of Radar. See https://radiatorsoftware.com/products/radar/downloads/, use the username and password we have issued to you. Upgrade if you need to.
  4. Check whether there are any patches that address your problem. See the patches directory for your revision. Apply any patches that you think you might need.
  5. If you still have the problem post to the mailing list by mailing to radiator@lists.open.com.au (you will need to subscribe before first posting to that list) Be sure to include at least the following information:
    1. A detailed description of the problem.
    2. Your Radiator configuration file (remove any secrets and passwords first).
    3. An extract from your Radiator log file (with Trace level of 4) illustrating the problem, or at least what is happening at the time of the problem.
    4. Details of the computer type, operating system etc.

    This information helps people to understand your problem and help find a solution more quickly. If you have a support contract, you may email us at support@radiatorsoftware.com. Mail to this address will be ignored unless you have a support contract.