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(thanks to jamieb) "h3. Mandriva 2006 - Drqueue - Maya -Success.

Hi everyone,

Let me say quickly that the process of installing Drqueue is painstakingly difficult but perseverance and sifting through these forums are a must.

The end result is a groove little render farm. If it was easy to setup you would not appreciate the efforts these guys have put into the programming of the software.

With the following setup details I have done away with security my objective was to get the Drqueue render farm operational. You can start restricting the rights after you have successfully configured the installation. For any linux guru out there who is shuddering at their core. Stiff cookies as I do not have the the time to lock it down. A job needs to be done .

Some hints at achieving success.

Make sure you have someone around that is a Linux Guru. It is not necessary but it helps when you have confused yourself silly.

I used Mandriva 2006, Install the development modules and the networking modules etc.. I would start with a clean install.

Next I used the DrQueue rpm from this site [":]

I also installed DrQueue (as root user) first before any other software such as MAYA 7.0.It probably wouldn't matter much but for diagnostic purposes I did this to enable me
to back track any faults. I allowed Drqueue to install itself in its generic directories.

Something useful after installing DrQueue type this command ( must have root privileges) slocate -u. This basically does a directory scan and places all the information into a database so when you need to find a file all you type is "_slocate drqman_" and it will find all the occurrences of that file on your hard drive. If you have a CD mount or a USB it will also do that as well which can make it confusing so remove your USB drives and CDs before commencing.

Next I created a directory called drqueue in the /mnt directory (/mnt/drqueue/). In that directory(drqueue) I created the following folders:
  • db
  • tmp
  • scenes
  • images
  • logs

... make sure you are doing this under the root login so that you can give the drqueue folder all the rights possible. Along with every other folder under that directory.
Next I edited the .bashrc file to do this you need to be in the directory of /etc if you are not sure ask someone who knows linux to help.

Once in the directory of /etc type the following command vi .bashrc. vi is an editor and will allow you to edit the bash environment. You can add directly from the command line but this process was easier for myself. Within the bash file you will see a text structure and a commented out line that roughly says if you want your commands to be global type them here. Some thing like that anyway. If you see nothing then you are not editing the bash file. Embarrassed? Don't worry - that what your linux guru is for. Call on that person to set you straight. (remember treat your linux guru nice. Plenty of refreshments with caffeine and what ever food they like). <<< Jammie wrote me at 4 AM in the morning to stress that point.

Once you feel that you have achieved opening the correct file enter the below data - please put your own path details in as mine might differ form yours.
export DRQUEUE_ROOT=/usr (This is where drqman lives. Don't include the bin directory, it doesn't like it!! Use slocate drqman to find the directory/folder path.
export DRQUEUE_MASTER=fluffybunny (you will notice on your command line a reference to root@somename use the somename here. Mine was fluffybunny as you can see)

If you are interested in more details send me an email to and I will send you the instructions. I have run out off steam at the moment - I will reply.

Thanks Jammie !!! (From Jorge :) )