Vertica 9.1 - seems I can't create a database on SuSE ..

marcothesanemarcothesane - Select Field - Administrator

Hi All -
I actually seem to need help here ..
Creating a database on my laptop on openSuSE 42.3.

Before you come with the ubiquitous question about logs - the catalogue and data directories were not even created, so no luck there.

Posting commands and output of install_vertica and then, below , as dbadmin, admintools with the --skip-fs-checks switch, as my laptop has no ext4 file system.

Searched the forum, Stackoverflow, and the web for answers, to no avail.

Any ideas?

See details below, for starters ...

Marco the currently not-so-sane ....

Installed it like so - after dealing with a few FAIL messages, except the one on cpu scaling:

linux-7zn4:/tmp # /opt/vertica/sbin/install_vertica --hosts -Y --failure-threshold NONE

Got this output:

Vertica Analytic Database 9.1.0-0 Installation Tool

Validating options...

Mapping hostnames in --hosts (-s) to addresses...

Starting installation tasks.
Getting system information for cluster (this may take a while)...

Default shell on nodes: /bin/bash

Validating software versions (rpm or deb)...

Beginning new cluster creation...

successfully backed up admintools.conf on

Creating or validating DB Admin user/group...

Password for new dbadmin user (empty = disabled)
Successful on hosts (1):
    Provided DB Admin account details: user = dbadmin, group = verticadba, home = /home/dbadmin
    Creating group... Group already exists
    Validating group... Okay
    Creating user... Adding user, Setting credentials
    Validating user... Okay

Validating node and cluster prerequisites...

Prerequisites not fully met during local (OS) configuration for
    HINT (S0305): https://my.vertica.com/docs/9.1.x/HTML/index.htm#cshid=S0305
        TZ is unset for dbadmin. Consider updating .profile or .bashrc
    HINT (S0045): https://my.vertica.com/docs/9.1.x/HTML/index.htm#cshid=S0045
        Could not find the following tools normally provided by the sysstat
        package: mpstat, iostat
    WARN (S0160): https://my.vertica.com/docs/9.1.x/HTML/index.htm#cshid=S0160
        These disks do not have 'ext3' or 'ext4' filesystems: '/dev/sda4' =
    WARN (N0010): https://my.vertica.com/docs/9.1.x/HTML/index.htm#cshid=N0010
        Linux iptables (firewall) has some non-trivial rules in tables: filter
    WARN (N0011): https://my.vertica.com/docs/9.1.x/HTML/index.htm#cshid=N0011
        SuSEfirewall2 appears to be enabled.
    WARN (S0112): https://my.vertica.com/docs/9.1.x/HTML/index.htm#cshid=S0112
        vm.swappiness is higher than recommended: your 60 > 1
    FAIL (S0140): https://my.vertica.com/docs/9.1.x/HTML/index.htm#cshid=S0140
        CPUs have invalid cpufreq scaling policies: cpu0, cpu1, cpu2, cpu3,
        cpu4, cpu5, cpu6, cpu7

System prerequisites passed.  Threshold = NONE

Establishing DB Admin SSH connectivity...

Installing/Repairing SSH keys for dbadmin

Setting up each node and modifying cluster...

Creating Vertica Data Directory...

Updating agent...
Creating node node0001 definition for host
... Done

Sending new cluster configuration to all nodes...

Starting agent...

Completing installation...

Running upgrade logic
No spread upgrade required: /opt/vertica/config/vspread.conf not found on any node
Installation complete.

Please evaluate your hardware using Vertica's validation tools:

To create a database:
  1. Logout and login as dbadmin. (see note below)
  2. Run /opt/vertica/bin/adminTools as dbadmin
  3. Select Create Database from the Configuration Menu

  Note: Installation may have made configuration changes to dbadmin
  that do not take effect until the next session (logout and login).

To add or remove hosts, select Cluster Management from the Advanced Menu.

Then, su - dbadmin, followed by the admintools command to create the database. Answering 'yes' twice to the question if I wanted to wait (on a create-new-database, single node, on my laptop, using as the nost....)

dbadmin@linux-7zn4:~> /opt/vertica/bin/admintools -t create_db -s localhost --skip-fs-checks -d sbx
Info: no password specified, using none
Database with 1 or 2 nodes cannot be k-safe and it may lose data if it crashes
Distributing changes to cluster.
    Creating database sbx
    Starting bootstrap node v_sbx_node0001 (
    Starting nodes:
            v_sbx_node0001 (
    Starting Vertica on all nodes. Please wait, databases with a large catalog may take a while to initialize.
    Node Status: v_sbx_node0001: (DOWN)
    Node Status: v_sbx_node0001: (DOWN)
    Node Status: v_sbx_node0001: (DOWN)
    Node Status: v_sbx_node0001: (DOWN)
    Node Status: v_sbx_node0001: (DOWN)
[. . .]
    Node Status: v_sbx_node0001: (DOWN)
    Node Status: v_sbx_node0001: (DOWN)
    Node Status: v_sbx_node0001: (DOWN)
    Node Status: v_sbx_node0001: (DOWN)
    Node Status: v_sbx_node0001: (DOWN)
It is suggested that you continue waiting.
Do you want to continue waiting? (yes/no) [yes] no
ERROR:  Database did not start cleanly on initiator node!
        Stopping all nodes
Could not connect to database (EOF received)vsql: could not connect to server: Connection refused
    Is the server running on host "" and accepting
    TCP/IP connections on port 5433?

Error: Database did not start cleanly on initiator node!  Stopping all nodes


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    marcothesanemarcothesane - Select Field - Administrator

    One idea that comes to mind, reading it again:

    I had never noticed any references to establishing dbadmin SSH connectivity during the run of install_vertica before.

    Is that new in 9.1?

    And could it interfere with using as the host IP address?

    I can't possibly use a DNS issued IP address for the database, as my laptop connects to the Net all over the place ...?


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    SSH connectivity is important and has always been, albeit less so for single-node databases.

    I would guess your issue is that localhost is actually mapped to something like in your /etc/hosts. If you fix is to things will work.

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    marcothesanemarcothesane - Select Field - Administrator

    Hi Ben -
    Thanks for reaching out -
    I'm afraid not ....

    linux-7zn4:~ # cat /etc/hosts
    # hosts         This file describes a number of hostname-to-address
    #               mappings for the TCP/IP subsystem.  It is mostly
    #               used at boot time, when no name servers are running.
    #               On small systems, this file can be used instead of a
    #               "named" name server.
    # Syntax:
    # IP-Address  Full-Qualified-Hostname  Short-Hostname
    #   localhost
    # special IPv6 addresses
    ::1             localhost ipv6-localhost ipv6-loopback
    fe00::0         ipv6-localnet
    ff00::0         ipv6-mcastprefix
    ff02::1         ipv6-allnodes
    ff02::2         ipv6-allrouters
    ff02::3         ipv6-allhosts

    I had tried with both localhost and as the --hosts parameter, to no avail ..
    Cheers -

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    Ben_VandiverBen_Vandiver Employee
    edited May 2018

    Don't hit enter on the failed creation, go to another window - the directories should still be there.
    Pull and post the last couple entries of CATALOGPATH/startup.log
    I would confirm that ifconfig reports an adapter that claims to be

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    marcothesanemarcothesane - Select Field - Administrator

    Thanks for the tip on not exiting the failed creation, Ben.

    startup.log looks inconspicuous:

    dbadmin@linux-7zn4:~/sbx/v_sbx_node0001_catalog> tail -30 startup.log
      "node" : "v_sbx_node0001",
      "progress" : 2563,
      "stage" : "Reading Catalog",
      "text" : "Reading Checkpoint (bytes)",
      "timestamp" : "2018-05-16 14:45:37.755"
      "goal" : 0,
      "node" : "v_sbx_node0001",
      "progress" : 0,
      "stage" : "Reading Catalog",
      "text" : "Applying transaction log (bytes)",
      "timestamp" : "2018-05-16 14:45:37.755"
      "goal" : 15,
      "node" : "v_sbx_node0001",
      "progress" : 0,
      "stage" : "Reading Catalog",
      "text" : "Indexing Objects",
      "timestamp" : "2018-05-16 14:45:37.756"
      "goal" : 15,
      "node" : "v_sbx_node0001",
      "progress" : 14,
      "stage" : "Reading Catalog",
      "text" : "Indexing Objects",
      "timestamp" : "2018-05-16 14:45:37.756"

    but vertica.log looks bad:

    2018-05-16 14:45:37.757 nameless:7f623cdeeb80 [Init] <INFO> Listening on port: 5433
    2018-05-16 14:45:37.757 nameless:7f623cdeeb80 [Init] <INFO> Initializing NodeInstanceId with random data.
    2018-05-16 14:45:37.757 nameless:7f623cdeeb80 [Init] <INFO> PID=121344
    2018-05-16 14:45:37.757 nameless:7f623cdeeb80 [Init] <INFO> Start reading DataCollector information
    2018-05-16 14:45:37.757 nameless:7f622879c700 [Init] <INFO> NodeInstanceId initialized: df63d3fdc018acdb3ae60ed2fbbd85.
    2018-05-16 14:45:37.760 nameless:7f623cdeeb80 [Init] <INFO> Done reading DataCollector information
    2018-05-16 14:45:37.760 Main:7f623cdeeb80 [EE] <INFO> The UDx zygote process is down, restarting it...
    2018-05-16 14:45:37.761 Main:7f623cdeeb80 [Main] <INFO> Handling signal: 11
    2018-05-16 14:45:37.877 Main:7f623cdeeb80 [Main] <PANIC> Received fatal signal SIGSEGV.
    2018-05-16 14:45:37.877 Main:7f623cdeeb80 [Main] <PANIC> Info: si_code: 128, si_pid: 0, si_uid: 0, si_addr: (nil)

    So I'm running into a segmentation violation ....!

    Don't really know where to look now, but I'll try ...


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    Hi all, I am having the same issue but in my case after upgrading from 9.0 to 9.1. In may case I am running Vertica on SLES12SP2. I cannot start any nodes nor start any previously existing databases nor creating a new database.

    Vertica.log shows the same PANIC error:

    018-05-16 16:49:51.484 Main:7fae6a33bb80 [Main] Handling signal: 11
    2018-05-16 16:49:51.700 Main:7fae6a33bb80 [Main] Received fatal signal SIGSEGV.
    2018-05-16 16:49:51.700 Main:7fae6a33bb80 [Main] Info: si_code: 128, si_pid: 0, si_uid: 0, si_addr: (nil)

    Could this be an issue with Vertica 9.1 on SUSE?



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