Archived:How to Install NI-VISA Drivers on OpenSUSE 11.3

Updated May 16, 2019

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How do I install NI-VISA drivers on OpenSUSE 11.3?


This document only applies to versions of NI software released prior to NI Linux Device Drivers. For new designs, NI recommends using NI Linux Device Drivers to take advantage of repository-based installation and more frequent updates to support.

These instructions can also be found in the README.txt file of the NI-VISA installation package. You must have the kernel source installed along with gcc and make to run the NI-VISA installation.  If you have already successfully installed NI-GPIB you can skip to step 5.
  1. Open a terminal window. This can be found by going to Computer and entering Terminal into the search. Double click the GNOME Terminal (if you are using GNOME) or the terminal of your choice.
  2. Run the command uname -r to find out the current version of the kernel you are running.
  3. Make sure gcc, make, and the kernel headers for the current version of your kernel are installed.  The following commands will install the necessary software.

    > sudo zypper install gcc 
    > sudo zypper install make 
    > sudo zypper install kernel-headers=<kernel version> 

  4. Now you need to enter super user mode and configure the kernel headers.

    > su 
    > cd /usr/src/linux-<kernel version> 
    > zcat /boot/symvers-<kernel version> > Module.symvers


    > make cloneconfig​

    > make modules_prepare

    > exit​

  5. You are now ready to install the NI-VISA drivers. Navigate to the NI-VISA install directory in the terminal.  If you are using CD media it is located at /media/2011LV-LinuxPro/NI-VISA

    > cd /media/2011LV-LinuxPro/NI-VISA

  6. Run the command sudo ./INSTALL

  7. Accept the license agreement by typing y then press enter and NI-VISA drivers will attempt to install.