Oracle JDK or OpenJDK 1.7.x. Use the latest available. MacOS X comes with the JDK (but make sure you keep it updated). On a RedHat and similar Linux distributions, install it with something like

$ yum install java-1.7.0-openjdk-devel


Glassfish Version 4.1 is required.

Important: once Glassfish is installed, a new version of the WELD library (v2.2.10.SP1) must be downloaded and installed. This fixes a serious issue in the library supplied with Glassfish 4.1.

  • Download and install Glassfish (installed in /usr/local/glassfish4 in the example commands below):

    $ wget
    $ unzip
    $ mv glassfish4 /usr/local
  • Remove the stock WELD jar; download WELD v2.2.10.SP1 and install it in the modules folder:

    $ cd /usr/local/glassfish4/glassfish/modules
    $ /bin/rm weld-osgi-bundle.jar
    $ wget
    $ /usr/local/glassfish4/bin/asadmin start-domain domain1
  • Verify Weld version:

    $ /usr/local/glassfish4/bin/asadmin osgi lb | grep 'Weld OSGi Bundle'


1. Installation

Version 9.3 is recommended.

1A. RedHat and similar systems:

We recommend installing Postgres from the EPEL repository:

$ wget
rpm -ivh pgdg-centos93-9.3-1.noarch.rpm

$ yum install postgresql93-server.x86_64
$ chkconfig postgresql-9.3 on
$ service postgresql-9.3 initdb
$ service postgresql-9.3 start

1B. MacOS X:

A distribution from is recommended. Fink and MacPorts distributions are also readily available. See for more information.

2. Configure access to PostgresQL for the installer script

  • The installer script needs to have direct access to the local PostgresQL server via Unix domain sockets. This is configured by the line that starts with “local all all” in the pg_hba.conf file. The location of this file may vary depending on the distribution. But if you followed the suggested installtion instructions above, it will be /var/lib/pgsql/9.3/data/pg_hba.conf on RedHat (and similar) and /Library/PostgreSQL/9.3/data/pg_hba.conf on MacOS. Make sure the line looks like this (it will likely be pre-configured like this already):

    local all all       peer
  • If the installer still fails to connect to the databse, we recommend changing this configuration entry to trust:

    local all all      trust

    This is a security risk, as it opens your database to anyone with a shell on your server. It does not however compromise remote access to your system. Plus you only need this configuration in place to run the installer. After it’s done, you can safely reset it to how it was configured before.

3. Configure database access for the Dataverse application

  • The application will be talking to PostgresQL over TCP/IP, using password authentication. If you are running PostgresQL on the same server as Glassfish, we strongly recommend that you use the localhost interface to connect to the databse. Make you sure you accept the default value localhost when the installer asks you for the PostgresQL server address. Then find the localhost ( entry that’s already in the pg_hba.conf and modify it to look like this:

    host all all password
  • If the Dataverse application is running on a different server, you will need to add a new entry to the pg_hba.conf granting it access by its network address:

    host all all [ADDRESS] password

    ([ADDRESS] should be the numeric IP address of the Glassfish server).

  • In some distributions, PostgresQL is pre-configured so that it doesn’t accept network connections at all. Check that the listen_address line in the configuration file postgresql.conf is not commented-out and looks like this:


    The file postgresql.conf will be located in the same directory as the pg_hba.conf above.

  • Important: you must restart Postgres for the configuration changes to take effect! On RedHat and similar (provided you installed Postgres as instructed above):

    $ service postgresql-9.3 restart

    (On MacOS, you may need to restart your system, to be sure).


Start Up Scripts

  • Example of Glassfish Startup file:

    set -e
    case "$1" in
            echo -n "Starting GlassFish server: glassfish"
            # Increase file descriptor limit:
            ulimit -n 32768
            # Allow "memory overcommit":
            # (basically, this allows to run exec() calls from inside the
            # app, without the Unix fork() call physically hogging 2X
            # the amount of memory glassfish is already using)
            echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/overcommit_memory
            # Set UTF8 as the default encoding:
            LANG=en_US.UTF-8; export LANG
            $ASADMIN start-domain domain1
            echo "."
            echo -n "Stopping GlassFish server: glassfish"
            $ASADMIN stop-domain domain1
            echo "."
            echo "Usage: /etc/init.d/glassfish {start|stop}"
            exit 1
    exit 0