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Requirements for the Astro-Grid-D Globus standard installation (GACSI)

This text describes which Unix programs are required for a successful installation and which updates are recommended. These guides have been tested for Scientific Linux 4.3 (Redhat Enterprise Edition). There can be slight deviations for different Debian distributions.

Annotation of the table:
The first column contains links to the general pages of the projects. The second column marks ("!") the programs for which an installation or update is required for Scientific Linux 4.3. The version number give minimum requirements or recommended versions. The links in the second column directly lead to the download of the required file (Deviations can occur for processor-dependent distributions, e.g., for 64-bit architecture, or of course more recent versions). Under "directory", the real destination directory of the program is recommended as well as the expected link for the GACSI (in case the program is not given in the path anyway). Next is the system variable describing the directory as well as the program call to check for the version number if the program has been installed at all. Finally, the name of the binary distribution or the source codes are given.

SL: Upd?
Version number (or higher) Directory
linked as
system variable Check File name (version-dependent)
Java Development Kit !
1.4.2 (better: JDK5 = J2SE 1.5) /opt/jsdk-xx/jdk /usr/local/jdk/jsdk
$JAVA_HOME java -version jdk-1_5_0_08-linux-i586.bin (or processor specific)
Apache Tomcat !
5.5 /opt/jsdk-xx/tomcat /usr/local/jdk/tomcat/
$CATALINA_HOME $CATALINA_HOME/bin/catalina.sh version apache-tomcat-5.5.26.tar.gz
Apache Ant ! 1.6.5 /opt/jsdk-xx/ant /usr/local/jdk/ant/
$ANT_HOME ant -version apache-ant-1.6.5-bin.tar.gz
PostgreSQL (OK) 7.1 /usr/bin/ -
- psql --version,
/etc/init.d/postgresql status
gcc, (gcc4)
3.2.1, 2.95.x tested (V3.2 not appropriate); 4.1
- gcc4 --version gcc-4.1.1.tar.bz2
zlib !
1.2.3 /usr/lib/ (/usr/local/lib)
- /sbin/ldconfig -v | grep libz
ls /usr/lib | grep libz
GNU tar, sed, make, bzip2 etc.; sudo OK

- bzip2 --version
(for tar, sed, ..., correspondingly)
sudo -V
perl --version

The Leibniz-Rechenzentrum offers a perl script to test the requirements.
If the program is missing in the distribution or the version is too old, the problem has to be solved before Globus is further installed. In this case, download the program and install it.

the directories given in the column "linked" should be installed, e.g., using
mkdir /usr/local/jdk
ln -s /opt/jdk /usr/local/jdk/jsdk

or with the corresponding directories for tomcat and ant.

The commands to unpack under Unix are:
  • .tar.gz: tar xfz <file>
  • .tar.bz: tar xfj <file>
  • .bz2: bunzip2 <file>
  • .bin: sh -x <file> (archive with integrated installation script)

Considerations about the file system

An alternative installation directory for the Globus toolkit is "/opt". Alternatively, the Globus user directories can be installed in a separate partition which also determines the available memory space.
Note that the PostGres daemon might use a lot of space, so that the partition "/var" has to be installed with sufficient size (about 10 GB). Globus programs on workstations are moved to the "swap" section of the file system during the day and while the main usage. Therefore, a sufficient swap space of 2*RAM is recommended (e.g., 4 GB swap for 2 GB RAM),

Java Development Kit

The complexity of the different versions and version numbers in Java is remarkable.
For Globus, just one Sun java compiler is required which is included in the "Java Development Kit (JDK)" that is available separately, e.g., as "JDK5.0 Update 8". There are "bundles" with other applications which always have different numbers and descriptions.
It makes sense for an installation to install a separate current version of the SDK indepedant of the versions being installed on the operation system already, and to use these for the compilation of the GTK.

Apache Tomcat

(no hints)

Apache Ant

(no hints)

Installation of PostgreSQL

If the data base has to be compiled, the configure setting of the globus helper may be used (~globus/globus-helper/globus-install/pgsql.cfg).
If the data base management is no working although it has been installed (e.g., saying "Postmaster is stopped"), it possibly is not started automatically. In this case, execute the following lines:
/etc/init.d/postgresql start # is the data base starting?
chkconfig postgresql on # autostart in init levels 2-5


If possible use gcc4 which also acts as Fortran compiler.

Update of zlib (libz.so)

In Scientific Linux,  zlib (libz.so) is only installed as version which has a potential security gap. For1.2.3, there are different source versions. The direct download should be:
The program is then installed by
mv /work1/zlib-1.2.3.tar.gz /work1/build/
tar xfz zlib-1.2.3.tar.gz
cd ~/work1/build/zlib-1.2.3
./configure --share
make install
ldconfig -v |grep libz # installation testen
libz.so.1 -> libz.so.1.2.3
libz.so.1 -> libz.so.
In this installation version, the old version is kept and can be used simultaneously for compatibility reasons (e.g., for Acrobat Reader).