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rasdaman RPM installation

This page describes installation of rasdaman RPM packages.

Currently, CentOS 7 and 6 are supported. The rasdaman packages are built and hosted at Copr Fedora.

During generation of these packages, some configuration decisions have been made (which can be chosen freely when compiling from source. Most importantly, the rasdaman engine in the RPMs does not rely on PostgreSQL, but uses embedded SQLite for managing its array metadata. (Notice, though, that the geo service component, petascope, currently still does need a PostgreSQL database; this is planned to be changed in the near future.)


  1. Set OSVERSION to 6 or 7, depending on your CentOS version:
    export OSVERSION=7
    export TOMCAT=tomcat
    [ $OSVERSION -eq 6 ] && TOMCAT=tomcat6
  2. Add the rasdaman repository to yum:
    cd /etc/yum.repos.d
    sudo curl "$OSVERSION/misev-rasdaman-epel-$OSVERSION.repo" -o rasdaman.repo
    sudo yum update
  3. Rasdaman packages should be available now via yum:
    yum search rasdaman
    rasdaman.x86_64 : rasdaman - Raster Data Manager
    rasdaman-debuginfo.x86_64 : Debug information for package rasdaman
    rasdaman-devel.x86_64 : rasdaman headers
    rasdaman-docs.noarch : Documentation for rasdaman
    rasdaman-examples.noarch : Documentation for rasdaman
    rasdaman-petascope.noarch : Petascope is an add-in to the rasdaman
    rasdaman-rasdaview.x86_64 : WxWidgets based GUI client for rasdaman
    rasdaman-raswct.noarch : Rasdaman Web Client Toolkit based on JavaScript
    rasdaman-rasgeo.x86_64 : rasgeo is an add-in for GDAL-based image file import
  4. Add the EPEL repository to yum (official page):
    sudo yum install epel-release
  5. CentOS 6 only: add this ELGIS 6 Copr for up-to-date boost libraries:
    cd /etc/yum.repos.d
    sudo curl "" -O
    sudo yum update
  6. Install packages (add more packages as necessary), and turn services on:
    sudo yum install rasdaman rasdaman-petascope rasdaman-docs
    sudo chkconfig postgresql on
    sudo chkconfig rasdaman on


  1. Now that rasdaman is installed we proceed to initializing and starting the server. First postgresql (if newly installed now as a dependency of rasdaman) should be initialized:
    sudo service postgresql initdb
    sudo service postgresql start
  2. Next let's initialize and start rasdaman:
    sudo service rasdaman initdb
    sudo service rasdaman start
  3. Check that everything is fine:
    rasql -q 'select c from RAS_COLLECTIONNAMES as c' --out string
    Typical output:
    rasql: rasdaman query tool v1.0, rasdaman v9.0.0 -- generated on 02.07.2015 08:44:56.
    opening database RASBASE at localhost:7001...ok
    Executing retrieval query...ok
    Query result collection has 0 element(s):
    rasql done.
  4. Let's proceed to initializing petascope, the OGC frontend component of rasdaman:
    sudo service rasdaman initpetascopedb
    sudo service $TOMCAT restart
  5. Check that petascope is initialized properly, typically at this URL:
  6. To ingest data with, a flexible WCS-T python ingestion tool, in addition the glob2 python package needs to be installed:
    sudo easy_install glob2


The RPMs are updated whenever a new version of rasdaman is released. To fetch the updated rasdaman run:

sudo yum update
sudo service rasdaman restart

Sometimes the database schemas may need to be updated (version changelogs indicate if this is necessary):

sudo service rasdaman stop
sudo service rasdaman updatedb
sudo service rasdaman updatepetascopedb
sudo service rasdaman start
sudo service $TOMCAT restart



A rasdaman service script allows to start/stop rasdaman, e.g.

service rasdaman start
service rasdaman stop
service rasdaman status

Similarly there are tomcat/tomcat6 and postgresql service scripts.

The rasdaman database RASBASE is managed in an SQLite file /var/lib/rasdaman/data/RASBASE; blob files are in /var/lib/rasdaman/data/ so expect this directory to grow as data is imported. It is recommended to move this directory to a sufficiently large partition and create a symlink here.


Rasdaman server logs can be found in /var/log/rasdaman: server worker logs, usually named N*.pid.log; ls -ltr is a useful command to see the latest modified logs at the bottom server manager log
/var/lib/rasdaman/startup.log server manager startup log

Further relevant log locations are

postgresql /var/lib/pgsql/data/pg_log
tomcat petascope log messages can be found in:
CentOS 7: /usr/share/tomcat/petascope.log
CentOS 6: /var/log/tomcat6/catalina.out

Configuration files

Rasdaman configuration files can be found in /etc/rasdaman

rasmgr.conf allows fine-tunning the rasdaman servers, e.g. number of servers, names, database connection, etc. set petascope properties, e.g. database/rasdaman connection details, CRS resolver URLs, various feature options petascope logging configuration petascope properties specifically for the WMS service
~/.rasdaman/rasconnect in case the rasgeo (rasimport/raserase) component is used; has to be installed manually, see example configuration file [wiki;Install#rasgeo here]

Further relevant configuration files are

postgresql /var/lib/pgsql/data/{postgresql.conf,pg_hba.conf}
tomcat /etc/tomcat/ or /etc/tomcat6/


Rasdaman documentation can be found in /usr/share/rasdaman/doc.

A petascope ingestion tool, which can flexibly insert geo data via the WCS-T interface of petascope can be found in /usr/share/rasdaman/wcst_import (can be invoked simply by