Installing a New System

After you have installed CentOS Linux, you must create the usabatch user account in which many Toon Boom Harmony services run.

Then you can install Harmony. There are a number of options you can choose from when installing Harmony.

With CentOS Linux installed, you will create the usabatch user account. You must also set the usabatch user to use the tcsh shell and create a .cshrc file to start the Toon Boom Harmony environment whenever the user logs on.

You must create user accounts for all Toon Boom Harmony users. All user accounts you create on CentOS Linux that will also run Harmony must be set up in the same way as the usabatch account, except for the user name and password.

In a client-server network or in a standalone setup, you must install Harmony, as well as the following services on the server or the standalone computer:

tbdbserver Controls access to the database.
License service Controls the number of licenses and features available to Harmony users.
Batch processing Controls batch vectorizing and rendering queues.
Web Control Center Allows download and upload of scenes from the database.
Link server If you are installing Harmony on a Mac OS X server that will support Windows clients, you must install the Link server.

To install Harmony programs and services, you must run the installation package. Before you start the installation, make sure you are currently logged in the system with administrator rights on your local computer.

Installation Options


Default Value





Installs binaries and configuration files required to run Harmony applications.

Include this option when performing a fresh install or when you upgrade Harmony.

Use option when installing Harmony on the server.




Installs the tbdbserver as a daemon. This is the Harmony database server daemon. It processes data requests from clients on the network.

This option also creates a fresh database when there is no /USA_DB directory.

Use this option when installing Harmony on the server and on the standalone machine.




Displays script usage information.



Adds Harmony entries to the KDE application menu.




Installs the link_server daemon.

This daemon is required for Linux or IRIX servers to create symbolic links for Windows clients.

If you have Windows clients, you must install this daemon on the server.




Installs the process daemon.

The process daemon manages batch processing (vectorizing and rendering) for Harmony. Usually several computers participate in the batch processing pipeline.

This parameter is required if this computer is going to batch process files for Harmony.




Does not output any information during installation.

-target <DIRECTORY>



Directory where the installer will install the harmony[edition]_12 tree.




Updates the dict files in the database. Needs to be specified when upgrading from a previous version.



Inactive Installs the Web Control Center as a daemon.