Installing bash on an AIX 7.1 server

I’ve recently started managing a number of AIX hosts, which use ksh as their default shell. I don’t have anything against ksh, but I’ve spent a ton of time working with bash and have become extremely proficient with it. Given that, I like it to be part of all of my system builds. To make myself more at home on my AIX machines, I went ahead and installed bash on each host. This was super easy.

First I located the “AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications for POWER Systems”. This CD contains a bunch of GNU packages which can be installed with the rpm utility. To install bash, I changed to the ppc directory on the DVD and ran rpm with the install option:

$ cd /mnt/RPMS/ppc

$ rpm -ivh bash-3.2-1.aix5.2.ppc.rpm

After the package was installed I was able to type bash and marvel in its awesomeness. :)

2 thoughts on “Installing bash on an AIX 7.1 server”

  1. …And now you have an AIX system polluted with a parallel software management system, where half of the software is in LPP, and the other half in the RPM format. Multiply this over the number of AIX systems and extra packages you have and will no doubt be installing in the future, and what besides bash do you get as an “extra present”? Management complexity.

    If you do it this way, it does not scale, because it is not architecturally clean nor sound.

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