How To Install Maya Plugins

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Linux

Gooroos Software distributes all of its Linux plugins in RedHat Package Manager (RPM) format.

The filename for an RPM package begins with the letters gs, followed by the name of the plugin (e.g. Annotation), followed by the Maya version for which the plugin was built (e.g. _m65 for Maya 6.5), followed by the version of the plugin (e.g. -1.4-2) followed by the string .i686.rpm. Thus if you downloaded the Maya 6.0 RPM for version 1.4-2 of the annotation plugin, its filename would be gsAnnotation_m60-1.4-2.i686.rpm.

If you currently have a version of the plugin installed which came in old tgz format, then you will have to remove its files by hand before installing the RPM. Refer to the packing list at the end of the Install.txt or Install-Linux.txt file that came with the old version of the plugin for a list of the files to be removed.

If you currently have a version of the plugin installed and it came in RPM format, then you have the choice of either upgrading to the new version, which will automatically remove the old one, or installing the new version along side the old one so that you may continue using both. This latter option might be useful if you find yourself still having to occasionally do work on an older version of Maya.

Before you can install or upgrade the plugin, you must have superuser privileges. That generally means that you must either log on as 'root' or use the 'su' command.

To upgrade the plugin to the new version, use the rpm command with the -U flag. So if you are upgrading to version 1.4-4 of the annotation plugin for Maya 6.0, the command would look like this:

    rpm -U gsAnnotation_m60-1.4-4.i686.rpm

To install the new version without removing the old one, use the -i flag instead of -U. E.g:

    rpm -i gsAnnotation_m60-1.4-4.i686.rpm

If you are installing the plugin for the first time, then either of the above two commands will work.

To uninstall the plugin, use the -e flag on the rpm command and give it the plugin name and version number. E.g:

    rpm -e gsAnnotation_m60-1.4-4
If you only have one version of the plugin installed, then you don't need to supply the version number. E.g:
    rpm -e gsAnnotation_m60

Windows

Gooroos Software distributes all of its Windows plugins as self-extracting installers.

The filename for an installer package begins with the letters gs, followed by the name of the plugin (e.g. Annotation), followed by the Maya version for which the plugin was built (e.g. _m65 for Maya 6.5), followed by the version of the plugin (e.g. -1.4.2) following by an extension of .exe. Thus if you downloaded the Maya 6.0 installer for version 1.4-4 of the annotation plugin, its filename would be gsAnnotation_m60-1.4-4.exe.

If you currently a version of the plugin installed which came in the old zip format, then you will have to remove its files by hand before installing the newer version. Refer to the packing list at the end of the Install.txt or Install-NT.txt file that came with the old version of the plugin for a list of the files to be removed.

If you currently have a newer version of the plugin installed — one which came in installer format — then you need do nothing special as the installer will automatically remove the old version when you install the new one.

To install the new version of the plugin, you must either be logged in as 'Administrator' or have administrator privileges. You then just execute the downloaded file by double-clicking it in Windows Explorer, or running it from the Run item on the Windows Start menu, or running it from a command prompt, etc.

If at some point you decide to uninstall the plugin, go to the Windows Control Panel (Start -> Control Panel), run the Add/Remove Programs command, click on the name of the plugin you wish to uninstall, then click on the Change/Remove button.