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Installing multiple versions of kdb+

For any version of q, the 64-bit and 32-bit interpreter binaries share the same q.k file, located in QHOME for that version.

All versions share the same k4.lic or kc.lic license-key file.

Arrange your files as in this example:

$ tree q
├── k4.lic
├── phrases.q
├── sp.q
├── trade.q
├── v3.5
│   ├── m32
│   │   └── q
│   ├── m64
│   │   └── q
│   └── q.k
└── v4.0
    ├── m64
    │   └── q
    └── q.k

In your profile export QLIC and define aliases as in this example:

# versions of q
export QLIC=~/q
alias    q='export QHOME=~/q/v4.0; rlwrap -r $QHOME/m64/q'
alias q3.5='export QHOME=~/q/v3.5; rlwrap -r $QHOME/m64/q'
alias  q32='export QHOME=~/q/v3.5; rlwrap -r $QHOME/m32/q'

In a command shell:

$ q3.5
KDB+ 3.5 2019.05.15 Copyright (C) 1993-2019 Kx Systems
m64/ 8()core 16384MB sjt max.local EXPIRE 2020.08.01…


The 32-bit interpreter finds and reports the license-key file even though it will run without it.

$ q32
KDB+ 3.6 2019.03.07 Copyright (C) 1993-2019 Kx Systems
m32/ 8()core 16384MB sjt max.local EXPIRE 2020.08.01…

q)\echo $QLIC
q)\echo $QHOME
q)\l ../sp.q
(`s#+(,`color)!,`s#`blue`green`red)!+(,`qty)!,900 1000 1200
+`s`p`qty!(`s$`s1`s1`s1`s2`s3`s4;`p$`p1`p4`p6`p2`p2`p4;300 200 100 400 200 300)

Loading sp.q, a sibling of QHOME, requires the relative path specified.

Installing kdb+