FCR Server Quattor installation

NOTE: This description is not including the creation of necessary DB tables, but only the installation of the server node

See also: FCR Production service

Quattor templates

FCR has configuration

  • inside the httpd server
  • specific to FCR software
in addition, sensitive data about the DB connection comes from Sindes.

Correspondingly FCR has templates

  • pro_declaration_component_fcr.tpl : declaration component for the CDB structure being used by FCR
  • pro_software_component_fcr.tpl : software dependencies
    • NCM component pre-dependencies
      • sindes, httpd
    • perl packages (log4perl, DBD, Apache-Session, etc.) needed by FCR
    • Oracle instantclient RPMS
  • pro_component_httpd_defaults_fcr.tpl : httpd configuration
  • pro_component_fcr_defaults.tpl : FCR configuration file
    • This template also includes necessary cron jobs to generate the exclude.ldif file in every 10 minutest both for the Production and the PPS instance


The httpd configuration is a bit special for FCR, as

  • normaly the FCR Production and PPS instance are located on the same machine distinguished by 2 aliases
  • FCR has an interface to be accessed using HTTPS connection, while the result ldif file must be accessible by HTTP so BDIIs could automatically download it

Therefore, it's (at least) 4 virtual hosts, that appear in the httpd configuration:

  • FCR Production portal (HTTPS -- port 8443)
  • FCR PPS portal (HTTPS -- port 8443)
  • Production exclude ldif file (HTTP -- port 8083)
  • PPS exclude ldif file (HTTP -- port 8083)

During the transition period situation is "even worse", as all of these also appear to be confiugred on the relevant standard ports.


Database connection details should not be directly stored in Quattor CDB, which is at least CERN-wide readable. For such purposes Sindes should be used. The Sindes component for FCR has a file in the following structure to deliver on the node :


The related sindes-script only copies this file to its destination:

    cp fcr/fcr-db /opt/lcg/FCR/conf/fcr-db.header

FCR NCM component

Since FCR needs httpd config changes toghether with sensitive information used for server configuration, the component has pre-dependencies on the

  • sindes
  • httpd
NCM components.

The NCM component configures the FCR configuration file (located at /opt/lcg/FCR/conf) using file fcr-db.header created by the FCR Sindes component.

Also, the FCR component has a "hack" implemented to install the FCR PPS instance. The FCR RPM only supports one single installation per server, so the NCM component also copies the whole /opt/lcg/FCR directory to /opt/lcg/FCR-PPS directory, and does the necessary changes on the config file so the portal would handle PPS sites.

-- Main.jnovak - 12 Sep 2007

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