2.3.1 Installing MySQL Cluster Manager on Unix Platforms

Install the MySQL Cluster Manager agent on Linux and similar platforms by following the instructions below.

Extract the MySQL Cluster Manager 1.4.8 program and other files from the distribution archive.  You must install a copy of MySQL Cluster Manager on each computer that you intend to use as a MySQL NDB Cluster host. In other words, you need to install MySQL Cluster Manager on each host that is a member of a MySQL Cluster Manager management site. For each host, you should use the MySQL Cluster Manager build that matches that computer's operating system and processor architecture.

On Linux systems, you can unpack the archive using the following command, using mcm-1.4.8-cluster-7.6.13-linux-sles11-x86-64bit.tar.gz as an example (the actual filename will vary according to the MySQL Cluster Manager build that you intend to deploy):

$> tar -zxvf mcm-1.4.8-cluster-7.6.13-linux-sles11-x86-64bit.tar.gz

This command unpacks the archive into a directory having the same name as the archive, less the .tar.gz extension. The top-level directory within the archive is named mcm-1.4.8.


Because the Solaris version of tar cannot handle long filenames correctly, the MySQL Cluster Manager program files may be corrupted if you try to use it to unpack the MySQL Cluster Manager archive. To get around this issue on Solaris operating systems, you should use GNU tar (gtar) rather than the default tar supplied with Solaris. On Solaris 10, gtar is often already installed in the /usr/sfw/bin directory, although the gtar executable may not be included in your path. If gtar is not present on your system, please consult the Solaris 10 system documentation for information on how to obtain and install it.

In general, the location where you place the unpacked MySQL Cluster Manager directory and the name of this directory can be arbitrary. However, we recommend that you use a standard location for optional software, such as /opt on Linux systems, and that you name the directory using the 1.4.8 version number. (This facilitates subsequent upgrades.) On a typical Linux system you can accomplish this task like this:

$> cd mcm-1.4.8-cluster-7.6.13-linux-sles11-x86-64bit
$> mv mcm-1.4.8 /opt/mcm-1.4.8

For ease of use, we recommend that you put the MySQL Cluster Manager files in the same directory on each host where you intend to run it.

Contents of the MySQL Cluster Manager Unix Distribution Archive.  If you change to the directory where you placed the extracted MySQL Cluster Manager archive and list the contents, you should see something similar to what is shown here:

$> cd /opt/mcm-1.4.8
$> ls
bin  cluster  etc  lib  libexec  licenses  share  var

These directories are described in the following table:

Table 2.1 Contents of the MySQL Cluster Manager Unix distribution archive, by directory

Directory Contents
bin MySQL Cluster Manager agent startup scripts
cluster Contains the MySQL NDB Cluster 7.6.13 binary distribution
etc Contains the agent configuration file (mcmd.ini)
etc/init.d Init scripts
lib and subdirectories Libraries needed to run the MySQL Cluster Manager agent
libexec MySQL Cluster Manager agent and client executables
licenses/lgpl An archive containing source code (including licensing and documentation), for glib 2.1
share/doc/mcmd README.txt file
var XML files containing information needed by MySQL Cluster Manager about processes, attributes, and command syntax

Normally, the only directories of those shown in the preceding table that you need be concerned with are the bin and etc directories.

For MySQL Cluster Manager 1.4.8 distributions that include MySQL NDB Cluster, the complete MySQL NDB Cluster 7.6.13 binary distribution is included in the cluster directory. Within this directory, the layout of the MySQL NDB Cluster distribution is the same as that of the standalone MySQL NDB Cluster binary distribution. For example, MySQL NDB Cluster binary programs such as ndb_mgmd, ndbd, ndbmtd, and ndb_mgm can be found in cluster/bin. For more information, see MySQL Installation Layout for Generic Unix/Linux Binary Package, and Installing an NDB Cluster Binary Release on Linux, in the MySQL Manual.

If you wish to use the included MySQL NDB Cluster software, it is recommended that you move the cluster directory and all its contents to a location outside the MySQL Cluster Manager installation directory, such as /opt/ndb-version. For example, on a Linux system, you can move the MySQL NDB Cluster NDB 7.6.13 software that is bundled with MySQL Cluster Manager 1.4.8 to a suitable location by first navigating to the MySQL Cluster Manager installation directory and then using a shell command similar to what is shown here:

$> mv cluster /opt/ndb-7.6.13

The mcmd --bootstrap option uses the included MySQL NDB Cluster binaries in the installation directory's cluster directory and does not work if they cannot be found there. To work around this issue, create a symbolic link to the correct directory in its place, like this:

$> ln -s /opt/ndb-7.6.13 cluster

After doing this, you can use the mcm client commands add package and upgrade cluster to upgrade any desired cluster or clusters to the new MySQL NDB Cluster software version.


On Linux platforms, do not attempt to install the MySQL NDB Cluster software by the RPM, Debian, or other installation packages for any package management systems. They install MySQL NDB Cluster differently than the binary distribution that comes with the MySQL Cluster Manager archive, and that will cause issue in the future when you try to upgrade your cluster with MySQL Cluster Manager.

The MySQL Cluster Manager agent by default writes its log file as mcmd.log in the installation directory. When the agent runs for the first time, it creates a directory where the agent stores its own configuration data; by default, that is ../mcm_data (relative to the installation directory of MySQL Cluster Manager). The configuration data, log files, and data node file systems for a given MySQL NDB Cluster under MySQL Cluster Manager control, and named cluster_name, can be found in clusters/cluster_name under this data directory (sometimes also known as the MySQL Cluster Manager data repository).

The location of the MySQL Cluster Manager agent configuration file, log file, and data directory can be controlled with mcmd startup options or by making changes in the agent configuration file. To simplify upgrades of MySQL Cluster Manager, we recommend that you change the data repository to a directory outside the MySQL Cluster Manager installation directory, such as /var/opt/mcm. See Section 2.4, “MySQL Cluster Manager Configuration File”, and Section 3.2, “Starting and Stopping the MySQL Cluster Manager Agent”, for more information.

On Linux and other Unix-like systems, you can set up the MySQL Cluster Manager agent to run as a daemon, using the init script that is supplied with the MySQL Cluster Manager distribution. To do this, follow the steps listed here:

  1. Copy the file /etc/init.d/mcmd under the MySQL Cluster Manager installation directory to your system's /etc/init.d/ directory (or equivalent). On a typical Linux system, you can do this using the following command in the system shell, where mcmdir is the MySQL Cluster Manager installation directory:

    $> cd mcmdir/etc/init.d
    $> cp mcmd /etc/init.d/mcmd
  2. Make sure that this file has appropriate permissions and is executable by the user account that runs MySQL Cluster Manager. On a typical Linux system, this can be done by executing commands in your system shell similar to those shown here:

    $> chown mcmuser /etc/init.d/mcmd
    $> chmod 755 /etc/init.d/mcmd

    Be sure to refer to your operating system documentation for exact information concerning the commands needed to perform these operations, as they may vary between platforms.

  3. Open the file /etc/init.d/mcmd in a text editor. Here, we show a portion of this file, in which we have highlighted the two lines that need to be updated:

      MCMD_PSERVICE="MySQL Cluster Manager"
      # Run service as non-root user
      SU="su --login $MCMD_USER --command"

    In the first of these lines, replace the placeholder @@MCMD_ROOTDIR@@ with the complete path to the MySQL Cluster Manager installation directory. In the second of these lines, replace the placeholder @@MCMD_USER@@ with the name of the system user that runs the MySQL Cluster Manager agent (note that this must not be the system root account). Save the edited file.

The MySQL Cluster Manager agent should now be started automatically whenever the system is restarted.

When the agent is configured as a daemon, cluster processes are started automatically when the agent is restarted, as long as the cluster was running when the agent shut down. Note that StopOnError must be disabled (set to 0) for all data nodes in order for this to work. If the cluster was stopped when the agent shut down, it is necessary to supply a script that waits for the agent to complete its startup and recovery phases, and then, when the agent is ready, starts the cluster using a command such as mcmdir/bin/mcm -e 'start cluster --background cluster_name;'.