Installing Greenplum with rpm

Pivotal Greenplum 5.x has two main installers. One is the older “binary” installer and the other is an rpm installer. With Greenplum 6.x, there will only be a single rpm installer. So, you need to get used to installing with rpm. This post will cover installing the Greenplum software on a cluster using rpm.

Step 1

First you need to install the binaries on your Master node. This is pretty simple. Copy the rpm file to you Master node, connect to the Master node as gpadmin and then install the software.

scp -i private_key greenplum-db.rpm gpadmin@master_node:/home/gpadmin/
ssh -i private_key gpadmin@master_node
sudo rpm -i greenplum-db.rpm
sudo chown -R gpadmin:gpadmin /usr/local/greenplum-db*
echo "source /usr/local/greenplum-db/" >> /home/gpadmin/.bashrc
source /usr/local/greenplum-db/

Step 2

Note: This step assumes you have already exchanged keys across your cluster either manually or with gpssh-exkeys.

Copy the rpm file to all other nodes in the cluster and then run the rpm -i command again. You’ll need a file that lists all nodes in the cluster except the master.

for i in $(cat all_hosts_except_master.txt); do scp greenplum-db.rpm gpadmin@$i:/home/gpadmin/; done
gpssh -f all_hosts_except_master.txt "sudo rpm -i /home/gpadmin/greenplum-db.rpm"
gpssh -f all_hosts_except_master.txt "sudo chown -R gpadmin:gpadmin /usr/local/greenplum-db*"


There are lots of ways of achieving this with automation tools but this is one easy way to install the rpm on all nodes in your cluster.

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