Installing Insight

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The Insight distribution includes the following main files:

  • The Insight program: einsight.exe (Windows) or einsight (Linux)

  • The annolib library: annolib.dll (Windows) or (Linux)

Because Insight analyzes build annotation files, it is simplest to install it on the system where you run Electric Make or on a Cluster Manager host where you can upload build annotation files.

Installer Files

Insight is available in 32- and 64-bit versions on Windows and on Linux. CloudBees recommends the 64-bit version for loading large annotation files or for 64-bit Linux systems that do not have 32-bit libraries (such as ia32-lib) installed.

The live build monitoring feature is not available in 64-bit Insight.

Three installer files are available:

  • 32- and 64-bit Windows

  • 32-bit Linux

  • 64-bit Linux

Each installer file installs both the 32-bit executables and the 64-bit executables. They are installed in the following locations.

  • 32-bit executables are installed in <InstallDir> / <arch> /bin. <InstallDir> is C:\ECloud by default on Windows and /opt/ecloud by default on Linux. <arch> is i686_win32 on Windows and i686_Linux on Linux.

  • 64-bit executables are installed in <InstallDir> / <arch> /64/bin.

    • On Windows, for example, if you install in the C:\ECloud directory, the 64-bit executables are installed in C:\ECloud\i686_win32\64\bin.

    • On Linux, for example, if you install in the /opt/ecloud directory, the 64-bit executables are installed in /opt/ecloud/i686_Linux/64/bin.

The installers set up the menu option for invoking Insight to point to the proper executable based on your system’s bitness. Also, on Windows, a shortcut pointing to the proper executable is created on your desktop.

Installation Log File

The installation log file is named einsight_install.log. By default, the file is in the following location.

  • Windows: The folder defined by the TEMP environment variable (typically C:\Users\ <username> \AppData\Local\Temp)

  • Linux: The /usr/tmp directory

Library Requirements for Linux Systems

On Linux systems, Insight requires the following libraries:

Installing Insight Using the GUI

To install Insight on Windows or Linux platforms using the GUI:

  1. Run the installer file to begin installation.

    You must run the installer as administrator (on Windows) or root (on Linux). On Windows platforms, a warning dialog box appears if you did not do so. On Linux platforms, the installer prompts you for the root password if you did not start it as root (and then the installer restarts with the same options).

    Use one of the following commands: Windows: ElectricInsight-<version>-Windows-Install.exe For example, on Windows systems running Windows 2008 or later, right-click the installer and click Run as administrator. Linux (32-bit): ElectricInsight-<version>-Linux-x86-Install ** Linux (64-bit): ElectricInsight-<version>-Linux-x86_64-Install

  2. Click Next on the Welcome screen.

  3. Accept the default installation location or click Browse to choose a different location, and then click Next.

  4. Click Browse to locate your license file, and click Next to continue.

  5. Review your settings and click Next to continue or Back to make changes.

  6. Click Finish to close the installer.

Installing Insight Using the Console with Installation Options

You can use multiple options to run an installation with customized settings and minimal interaction. Use this syntax:

<installer filename> [<options>]

The following options are available.



Displays help information.


Sets the license file that the installer imports. Type the full path to the license file. For example: ElectricInsight- /licensefile C:\mylicenses


ElectricInsight- /licensefile /opt/license.xml

A license file is required to run reports. All other functionality (view-only mode) is available without a license.

/mode <mode>

Sets the installation mode. The following modes are available.

  • console —(Linux only) Runs the installation in the console (not the GUI).

  • standard —Runs the standard installation mode, which includes all user prompts

  • silent —Runs the installation without user prompts

  • default —Runs the installation while accepting all installation defaults, resulting in fewer user prompts


Sets the installation directory. Type the full path. For example: ElectricInsight- /prefix C:\ecloud2


ElectricInsight- /prefix /opt/ecloud2


Sets the temporary directory used by the installer.


Displays installer version information.

For example, to run in silent mode and specify a non-default installation directory, enter

ElectricInsight- /mode silent /licensefile C:\mylicenses /prefix C:\ecloud2

Installing Insight Using the Console with No Installation Options (Linux Only)

To install Insight on Linux using the console with no installation options:

  1. Run the installer file.

    • 32-bit: ElectricInsight-<version>-Linux-x86-Install

    • 64-bit: ElectricInsight-<version>-Linux-x86_64-Install

  2. Press Enter to start the installation.

  3. Press Enter to accept the default installation location ( /opt/ecloud/ ) or enter a different location.

  4. Type the location of your license file and press Enter.

    A license file is required to run reports. All other functionality (view-only mode) is available without a license.

Your installation is complete.

Checking for Software Updates

Insight is updated periodically to improve its functionality or to fix bugs. To see if an update is available, click Help > Check for updates….

If you want to make these checks automatic, check the Check for updates automatically checkbox and click OK.