Working with MapR Installer Stanza Files

This topic describes how to use the sample Stanza files that are provided with the MapR Installer.

The MapR Installer Stanza file specifies how the cluster should be configured, including the configuration of nodes, disks, software versions, and services. You must configure a Stanza file before using MapR Installer Stanzas to install or upgrade a cluster. Sample Stanza files (basic and advanced) are located in this directory:


To create your Stanza file:
  1. Make a copy of one of the sample files. For example, make a copy of the sample_basic or sample_advanced Stanza file, and rename the copy to a name of your choosing.
  2. Using any text editor, edit the Stanza file to address the needs of your installation. Comment out any instructions that you don't need.

This table describes how to complete the fields in the Stanza file:

Section Parameter Required/Optional Directions
environment mapr_core_version Required Specify 5.1.0 or later. Be sure to include the third digit (for example, 5.1.0 or 5.2.0).
patch_location Optional Specify the location of a MapR core patch file. The file name must use the format mapr-patch-$[mapr_core_version}. For example:
Use an absolute path to specify the patch file location.
config hosts Required Specify the list of hosts on which you want to install packages. You can list the hosts on a single line as follows:
- examplenode[1-3]
Or you can use multiple lines:
  • The installer host must be one of the hosts in this list.
  • A comma-separated list of hosts is not supported.
  • You can override hosts and disks from the command line. The following example specifies installing only on hosts 01 through 04. To pass an array into an override, use single quotes, double quotes, and brackets as follows:
    cli install -nv -t sample_adv.yaml -o config.hosts='["lab[01-04]"]'
Note: In a command with an override, the key=value pair or pairs that follow -o must not contain a blank space. For more information about key=value pairs, see MapR Installer Stanza Commands.
ssh_id Required Specify the user ID that the installer will run under when it installs the packages. This user must have root access and must be present on every host defined in the hosts section.
ssh_password Optional Specify the password (for use with the password-based login). This is the password that the installer uses to log into the node using ssh. Comment this line if you want to use a private-key-based login.
ssh_key_file Optional Specify the path to a file that contains the private key (for use only with the private key-based login). Uncomment this line if you want to use a private-key-based login. If both the ssh_password and ssh_key_file lines are uncommented, the installer will default to the ssh_key_file.
ssh_port Optional Uncomment this line if you need to specify a port other than the default, which is 22.
license_type Required Specify M3 for the community edition or M5 for the enterprise edition.
mep_version Required for MapR 5.2.0 and later Specify a currently supported MEP, such as 2.0. For MEP information, see MEP Components and OS Support.
disks Required List the disks on which the packages will be installed. The disk names should be the same on every node. This field is required, and you must use the following notation:
- /<diskname>
- /<diskname>
- /<diskname>

A comma-separated list of disks is not supported. Not all of the disks need to be present, but at least one disk on each node must be present.

disk_stripe Optional Uncomment this line if you need to specify a disk stripe value other than the default, which is 3.
elasticsearch_path Optional Uncomment this line if you need to specify a path where Elasticsearch data will be stored.
services Optional Specify a predefined template of services. Services are the MapR core or ecosystem components (or tools) that run on each group. The installer configures default services automatically unless you specify a "groups" section in the Stanza file. To view the predefined templates, use the list command with the --type TEMPLATE argument.
  • Metrics are provided by default. The metrics services apply only to MapR 5.2 and later.
  • Logging services, if specified, apply only to MapR 5.2 and later.
  • If you do not specify any services, the Installer will install only MapR core services.
  • For an incremental install or upgrade, the Installer discovers any services already installed. Additional services are installed only if you request specific services, a MEP upgrade, or a MapR core upgrade.
  • You can override services using a command such as the following:
    -o'{"mapr-oozie": {} , "mapr-hivemetastore":{"database": {"name": "hive", "user": "hive", "password": "mapr"}}}'
  • In a command with an override, the string that follows -o must not contain a blank space.
groups (advanced layout only) Optional To provision the cluster manually, add services in groups. A group is a collection of hosts (nodes) that runs a specific set of services. The installer creates groups automatically unless you specify the groups manually (manual provisioning).

To specify the groups manually, you must include a groups section and define the hosts, labels, and services that your cluster needs. For an example, see the sample_advanced Stanza file.

The services you specify must not be of type GROUP. To view the type for a given service, use the list services command with the --name <name-of-service> argument.

Also, when provisioning manually, you must ensure that the mapr-core service is present on every node.

hosts Required (if a groups section is specified) Hosts are nodes that run a specific set of services.
label Optional The label is a descriptor for each group. Use the label to describe the group function or some other aspect of the group that is meaningful to your installation. If a label is not specified, the installer will auto-generate a label based on the service names.
services Required (if a groups section is specified) See the "Services" section earlier in this table.