Try Starburst Enterprise with RPM #

Users of RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) can use the RPM package to install Starburst Enterprise platform (SEP).

The RPM archive includes the application, all plugins, the necessary default configuration files, default setups, and integration with the operating system to start as a service. More details are available in the reference documentation for the RPM archive.

We strongly recommend starting with a trial of Starburst Galaxy, before contacting us to deploy a trial of SEP. Sign up here to start a free trial of Starburst Galaxy.

You can install and test the RPM with the following steps:

  1. Download the most recent SEP RPM package.
  2. Install the package.
  3. Optionally update configuration and catalog files.
  4. Start the SEP server with the service script.
  5. Download any supported client tool and query the cluster.

Requirements #

  • 64-bit versions of RHEL 7 or 8
  • x86-64 hardware.
  • Python 2.7 or later, needed to run the service script.
  • Java 17.0.3 or a later Java 17 LTS release from Azul, OpenJDK, or Oracle Java distributions as required for your specific SEP version. Newer Java releases may work but are not tested or supported.

Install Java #

Download and install the required Java version for SEP. For example, use the following steps:

  1. Download Java from Azul:
    sudo curl -O
  2. Install Java:
    sudo rpm -i zulu11.52.13-ca-jdk11.0.13-linux.x86_64.rpm
  3. Confirm the required version of Java is available on the path:
    java --version

Install Python #

Install the Python version for SEP. We recommend using Python 3.x. For example, use the following steps:

  1. Install Python 3.x:
    sudo dnf install -y python3
  2. To ensure SEP uses Python 3.x upon deployment, you must configure alternatives.
    sudo update-alternatives --config python
  3. When prompted, enter the selection number for the version of Python you want to use. For Python 3.x the path is /usr/bin/python3.
  4. Confirm the required version of Python is available on the path:
    python --version

Download an SEP archive #

To gain access to SEP archives, existing customers contact Starburst Support. If you are not a customer yet, visit the Starburst website and click either the Get Started or Download Free buttons.

Fill out the form using a valid email address, then click Free Download.

Open your email from Starburst, and click the link to the downloads page.

The Downloads page is organized into a Long-Term Support section at the top with Steps 1 and 2, and a Short-Term Support section at the bottom. Use the LTS option.

From the Step 1: Starburst Enterprise section, click the RPM button. This starts the download of a file named with the pattern starburst-enterprise-*.rpm. If prompted to open or save the file, save it to your /home/<username>/Downloads directory.

Install the package #

Copy the RPM to the server, if you have downloaded it on a different machine. You need root or sudo access to run the installation commands. Use the rpm command to install the package:

rpm -i starburst-enterprise-*.rpm --nodeps

Service script #

The RPM installation deploys a service script configured with chkconfig, so SEP starts automatically on OS boot. After installation, you can start the SEP server with the service command for the starburst service:

service starburst start

Check the server’s status to make sure the server finished the startup process:

service starburst status

As an alternative, look for the exact phrase SERVER STARTED in the /var/log/starburst/server.log file.

grep "SERVER STARTED" /var/log/starburst/server.log

You can also follow the log with tail:

tail -f  /var/log/starburst/server.log

Configuration #

The initial install is configured to start up successfully. Modify the configuration files and catalog properties files as desired for your specific scenario. The files are located in standard locations.

If you plan to use the RPM package trial for larger workloads, you must take the memory configuration recommendations into account.

Verify the server #

To verify that your locally-run server is operating as expected, open the web UI as described in Verify the server.

Run queries #

To run queries against your server, use any supported client, including the CLI.

Uninstalling #

Uninstalling the SEP RPM installation is like uninstalling any other RPM:

rpm -e starburst-enterprise-<version>

After uninstalling, all deployed Starburst Enterprise files are deleted except for the logs directory /var/log/starburst.