Sun Java Enterprise System 5 Installation Guide for UNIX

installer or install Command

There are two versions of the Java ES installer:

Syntax for both commands is the same.

installer [option]...

The following table describes the options for the installer or the install command.

Table B–1 Java ES Installation Command Options




Defines command-line options for the installer. 


Prints a state file ID to the screen. 


Runs the installer without installing software. 


Starts the installer in silent mode, suppressing the graphical interface. Use this option with the -state option to run the installer in silent mode.


Starts the installer in text-based mode (does not launch the graphical interface). 


Suppresses installation of Java ES Reporter (prevents the Reporter installation utility from being launched).  


Invokes the Java ES Reporter installation utility on the command line in a separate installation session. Used after running a Java ES installation using the –noreporter option, or after running a silent Java ES installation (Reporter cannot be installed in a silent Java ES installation). User input for Reporter installation includes the URL or IP address of a proxy that Reporter uses to access Sun through the internet.

-saveState [statefile ]

Instructs the installer to generate a state file at the location specified by statefile. State files are used when performing a silent installation.

If the specified file does not exist, the command creates it. 

If you omit the statefile value, the installer writes to the default file, statefile.out.

You can specify the same state file in subsequent installation sessions. After the first session, n is appended to the file name, where n is an integer that is incremented for each session, beginning with zero (0).

-state statefile

Uses the specified state file to provide input for silent installation. Use this option with the -noconsole option for starting silent installation.


Prints the build information, including Product Name, Date, Build, Patch Level. Primarily an internal tool, but can be helpful in filing bugs. 


Substitute whichever version of the installer you are using (installer or install) in the following table or examples

To run the installer in graphical mode from the installation directory:


To run the installer in text-based mode:

./installer -nodisplay

To run the graphical installer without installing software:

./installer -no

To create a state file in graphical mode without installing software:

./installer -no -saveState myInstallStatefile

To create a state file while installing software in text-based mode:

./installer -nodisplay -saveState myInstallStatefile

To run the installer in silent mode:

./installer -noconsole -state myInstallStatefile

To run the installer in graphical mode without installing Java ES Reporter:

./installer -noreporter

To install Java ES Reporter in a separate session using the Reporter installation utility (does not invoke the Java ES installer):

./installer -reporter