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How do I get started?

The first thing is to download a version. Binaries for many platforms already exist. Go to the downloads page and download the version for your platform. If a binary does not exist for your platform, you may have to wait or try and build the software on your own. If you do happen to build a complete version for a new platform and want to share it, contact us and we will find a way to get it posted.

Next, you will have to install the software. View the README file included with the binary and it will give instructions on how to install and start up the executable. If you get stuck here, there are some commercial support companies and you can try the FAQs or the user mailing lists. Check out the support link.

Before contacting the mailing list, you can try a couple of things. Make sure that the dx script is in your search path. If you type dx at the prompt and dx doesn't start something, this is a problem.

If dx is not installed in the default location /usr/local/dx, then you will probably need to set the environment variable DXROOT. This should be the full path to the dx directory.

If you cannot connect to dxexec, try this

  1. Start the user interface by typing "dx -uionly &"
  2. Start the executive by typing "dx -execonly &"
  3. Use the connect menu in the user interface to "Connect to server", click the Options button, and select connect to already running server.

If you run the samples and cannot find the Macros, then you need to set the DXMACROS environment variable.

At this point, you may have more information to relay to the mailing list.

It's running. Now what do I do?

Look at the Highlights-Inaction link for tutorials. Work through the built-in tutorials. Join the user mailing list. Buy a book. Get some training.

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