Installing Sage in ssh/Cluster from Source

March 22, 2017

I installed Sage from source in my Cluster ssh account and documented it step-by-step.

For a binarySimpler installation, but the resulting program will be suboptimal performance-wise. installation process which takes less disk space, click here.

Downloading the Latest Sage Distribution

First thing I needed to do is download the current Sage distribution.

To find the correct distribution, type the command archStands for architecture. into the ssh/Cluster command line

[hsu01@login001 ~]$ arch

The response I got was


which means that the Linux distribution is 64-bit. If your distribution is 32-bit, it should say


My chosen Sage distribution was named sage-7.5.1.tar.gz, so I performed a wgetCelebrity couple name for world wide web and get. on the download link

[hsu01@login001 ~]$ wget

and got the following response:

'sage-7.5.1.tar.gz.1' saved [590642408/590642408]

Installing the Sage File

Now it’s time to extract the file using tarballFor Tape ARchive. These are so ad hoc! Also, you might need to download the latest distribution of tarball. .

tar zxvf sage-7.5.1.tar.gz.1

You should get a long response, with no error.

Now if you perform the lsList files. LiSt files? List fileS?!? command,

[hsu01@login001 ~]$ ls

you should see the following folder appearing:


Now cdChange directory. into it

[hsu01@login001 ~]$ cd sage-7.5.1

and use the makeFor make! command

[hsu01@login001 sage-7.5.1]$ make

The response can take a while.

If, like me, make takes long enough that you end up disconnecting with the server before the build is complete (returning a broken pipe error), then follow this optional section.

Optional: Building Sage While Logged Out of ssh/Cluster

What we’re going to do is to allow the making process to be running even if we’re logged out of the ssh/Cluster. To do so, we simply need to use the screen command.

[hsu01@login001 sage-7.5.1]$ screen

You should get a cleared commandline window as a response.

We will run make inside this new screen.

[hsu01@login001 sage-7.5.1]$ make

Then detach the screen by pressing

Ctrl-A, Ctrl-D

which should prompt the response:


To resume seeing the making process, we scan simply type

[hsu01@login001 sage-7.5.1]$ screen -r

I let the process run overnight.

Running Sage

In the Sage folder,

[hsu01@login001 sage-7.5.1]$ cd sage-7.5.1

you should be able to start running sage by typing

[hsu01@login001 sage-7.5.1]$ ./sage

Full Disclosure

I was not able to take this process to completion, because the disk space of my Cluster account is 5 GB while installing from source takes 6 GB of disk space.

Additional Resources

SageMath Installation Guide

Understanding the Cluster

Installing Sage in ssh/Cluster from Source - March 22, 2017 - Hang Lu Su