toby.corkindale at strategicdata.com.au
Tue Jul 2 06:34:15 EDT 2013
Riak (and Riak CS and Stanchion) all assume some level of competence at
Erlang. I found Riak was tricky to get running, but had picked up enough
knowledge of Erlang's strange syntax and foibles from working with RabbitMQ.
Even then, some things weren't obvious, as you'll see from my questions
to the list a few months ago.
I do wonder if it would be useful for Basho to publish some Chef and
Puppet manifests that do the work of setting up a small cluster?
However I believe the best thing would be if Riak shipped with good
defaults that get people up and running quickly.
So, for example, instead of requiring the node name to be redefined in
the vm.args, you'd just have it default to using your FQDN to construct
Stop using Erlang's inpenetrable syntax for the config files, and use
something people are familiar with, including the UNIX-style of loading
snippets out of /etc/riak.d/*.conf or similar. Enable Riak CS to add a
snippet that gets itself loaded, rather than requiring moderate amounts
of edits to be performed manually, including adding paths to the Erlang
library search path.
But.. that's just my thoughts, and I'm far from an expert. Maybe once
the core of Riak has been improved even further and bugs squashed,
there'll be time for the team to look at improving the initial setup
experience. In the meantime I've found this list to be very helpful in
getting a working system up and running.
On 02/07/13 17:36, Guy Morton wrote:
> Hi Chris
> The video didn't include any information that I hadn't figured out. My problem is that I can't get it to work. I get the nice riak-cs admin page in my browser on port 8000 but it shows no users (perhaps reasonable because I only have succeeded in creating a single user so far - the admin user) and the create user function fails (with the error previously mentioned).
> I've sent you my config files, though since then I've tried what feels like a thousand variants all to no avail. If the config is wrong enough riak-cs won't start, and when it does I can't do a thing.
> I'm sure Riak cs is a great product, once it's set up! I just don't seem to be able to get over that hurdle.
> Guy Morton
> Web Development Manager
> Brüel & Kjær EMS
> From: Christopher Meiklejohn [cmeiklejohn at basho.com]
> Sent: Monday, 1 July 2013 4:26 PM
> To: Guy Morton
> Cc: riak-users at lists.basho.com
> Subject: Re: Riak-CS-Control
> Hi Guy,
> Here is a good video introduction to configuring Riak CS Control:
> Let me know if you run into any specific issues and I'm happy to help. I'm also lurking in the #riak room on Freenode (nick: cmeiklejohn) if you need further help (any of us should be able to!)
> - Chris
> Christopher Meiklejohn
> Software Engineer
> Basho Technologies, Inc.
> On Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:14 AM, Guy Morton wrote:
>> Also, I just found this - riak-cs-control... None of the install/config documents I saw previously mentioned it, or that it should be configured, or how. It seems to control the web interface referred to in my last email...
>> Where is the most up-to-date info about Riak CS and how to set it up? I am trying to set it up on Debian squeeze and I'm still floundering. I seem very close to having it working, but not quite. It's a bit frustrating! Is it just me, or is it complex to get working?
>> Guy Morton
>> Web Development Manager
>> Brüel & Kjær EMS
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