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Installing DB2 Version 8.2 on Gentoo (2005-01-17)

13. Installing DB2 Version 8.2 on Gentoo (2005-01-17)

Before proceeding, please ensure that you have read Section 3 and Section 4.

Note that IBM does not officially support this distribution for DB2 UDB V8.2. Any problems you encounter using this distribution must be replicated on a supported distribution before IBM Support will help you resolve the issue.

These notes are based on a single-partition installation on the 2.6.9-gentoo-r13 kernel (2005-01-17). Following the manual install instructions in the DB2 Information Center, we use the RPM method of installing DB2 UDB V8.2, through a modified db2_install script. This is just one of many ways you could accomplish this task, but this method has been tested (at least once) and it works.

13.1. Pre-installation notes

Emerge the rpm package and any of its pre-requisites:

emerge rpm
If you want to run a multiple-partition environment, you will need to emerge either the pdksh or ksh package.

13.2. Installation notes

Gentoo uses the latest version of the GNU coreutils package of utilities, which includes the tail command. The DB2 install script (db2_install) and several instance administration shell scripts rely on deprecated command line arguments to tail that have been removed entirely from the latest GNU coreutils version of tail. Therefore, you must copy the contents of the install CD and modify the db2_install script before you can successfully run the install.

The RPM packages supplied with the DB2 install CD contain dependency listings that cannot be satisfied inside a Gentoo environment, because Gentoo does not use RPM as a native packaging method. To overcome these dependencies, you also need to modify the db2_install script to ignore dependencies and force the installation of DB2 onto your system.

Perform the following steps to modify the db2_install script for the required tail and rpm changes and install the product:

  1. (Skip this step if you downloaded a tarball containing the DB2 install code.) Assuming you want to copy the contents of the DB2 install CD to a subdirectory named "cdrom" in your home directory, issue the following command:

    cp -r /mnt/cdrom/* ~/cdrom

  2. Open the ~/cdrom/db2/linux/db2_install script in your text editor and modify the following lines


    output_df="`df -k ${dirname2?} | tail -1`"


    output_df="`df -k ${dirname2?} | tail -n -1`"


    ( rpm -ivh  ${INSTDEV?}/${pkg?}${RPMEXTN?} 2>&1; \ 
       echo $? > ${TMPRC?} ) | tee -a ${DB2INSTLOG?}


    ( rpm --force --nodeps -ivh  ${INSTDEV?}/${pkg?}${RPMEXTN?} 2>&1; \ 
       echo $? > ${TMPRC?} ) | tee -a ${DB2INSTLOG?}

  3. Change to the ~/cdrom directory and issue the following command as root:


  4. The DB2 installer prompts you to enter the keyword of the product you want to install. for example, issuing the db2_inst command for the DB2 UDB Express Edition for Linux install displays the following screen:

Specify one or more of the following keywords, 
    separated by spaces, to install DB2 products.
     Keyword        Product Description
     DB2.EXP        DB2 UDB Express Edition for LINUX
    Enter "help" to redisplay product names.
    Enter "quit" to exit.

The DB2 installer will now install many RPM packages into the /opt/IBM/db2/V8.1/ directory.

13.2.1. Installing DB2 UDB FixPaks on a non-RPM distribution

When installing a DB2 FixPak onto an existing DB2 installation, the RPM utility is used, which will cause problems on a distribution that does not use the RPM installation method by default. Since Gentoo is one of those distributions, you must make the following changes to the installFixPak script.

In the installFixPak script, change this line:

		echo "Updating to ${fullfsname?} ... "
		rpm -ivh ${fullfsname?}
to read:

		echo "Updating to ${fullfsname?} ... "
		rpm --force --nodeps --ivh ${fullfsname?}

13.3. Post-installation notes

Now that you have installed DB2, you need to create the groups, users, DB2 Administration Server instance, and database instance for your database. The following instructions create users and groups with the default names used in the DB2 documentation (dasadm1, db2inst1, db2fenc1).

  1. As root, create the required groups:

groupadd -g 999 db2iadm1
    groupadd -g 998 db2fadm1
    groupadd -g 997 dasadm1

  2. As root, create the required users and assign them to their corresponding groups:

useradd -u 1004 -g db2iadm1 -m -d /home/db2inst1 db2inst1 
    useradd -u 1003 -g db2fadm1 -m -d /home/db2fenc1 db2fenc1 
    useradd -u 1002 -g dasadm1 -m -d /home/dasusr1 dasusr1

  3. Before you can create the DB2 Administration Server and database instance, you have to modify the db2iutil library to update calls to the tail command to the current GNU syntax. As root, open the /opt/IBM/db2/V8.1/instance/db2iutil file in an editor and make the following changes (or apply the changes to the file using the patch utility):

--- db2iutil.orig       2005-01-17 07:05:58.000000000 -0500
    +++ db2iutil    2005-01-17 07:06:32.000000000 -0500
    @@ -327,7 +327,7 @@
         # Get output of the "df" command
    -    output_df="`df -k  ${dirname2?} | tail -1`"
    +    output_df="`df -k  ${dirname2?} | tail -n 1`"
         # On some platforms, the filesystem is on the previous line causing us
         # one less token for awk to find.
         free_space_in_fs=`echo ${output_df?} | awk '{if ($4 !~ /%/) {print $4} else
     {print $3}}'`
    @@ -382,7 +382,7 @@
         rm -f ${TMPFILE3?}
         # Get the name of the filesystem where dir $dirname2 resides.
    -    df -k ${dirname2?} | tail +2 > ${TMPFILE3?}
    +    df -k ${dirname2?} | tail -n +2 > ${TMPFILE3?}
         # There must be only one line in TMPFILE3 file
         lcount=`wc -l ${TMPFILE3?} | awk '{print $1}'`
    @@ -394,7 +394,7 @@
                 chk_fsystype 22
             stop_prog 1
    -    fsname=`awk '{print $NF}' ${TMPFILE3?} | tail -1`
    +    fsname=`awk '{print $NF}' ${TMPFILE3?} | tail -n 1`
         rm -f ${TMPFILE3?}
    @@ -879,7 +879,7 @@
                 # Dir of DB2 V2 instances
                 if [ -f ${DB2V2ILIST?} ]; then
    -                tail +2 ${DB2V2ILIST?} > ${TMPFILE3?}
    +                tail -n +2 ${DB2V2ILIST?} > ${TMPFILE3?}
                     if [ -s ${TMPFILE3?} ]; then
                         for iname in `cat ${TMPFILE3?}`; do
                             db2ilist=${db2ilist?}" ${iname?}"
    @@ -891,7 +891,7 @@
                 # Dir of DB2 V2 instances
                 if [ -f ${DJV211ILIST?} ]; then
    -                tail +2 ${DJV211ILIST?} > ${TMPFILE3?}
    +                tail -n +2 ${DJV211ILIST?} > ${TMPFILE3?}
                     if [ -s ${TMPFILE3?} ]; then
                         for iname in `cat ${TMPFILE3?}`; do
                             db2ilist=${db2ilist?}" ${iname?}"

  4. Create the DB2 Administration Server:

    /opt/IBM/db2/V8.1/instance/dascrt -u dasusr1

    Create the DB2 database instance:

    /opt/IBM/db2/V8.1/instance/db2icrt -a server -u db2fenc1 db2inst1

13.3.1. Enabling remote connections

When you perform a manual install of DB2, the installer does not automatically set up the communication protocols for your DB2 server. To enable connections to your DB2 server from remote clients, perform the following steps:

  1. Set the port on which DB2 should communicate. Ensure that you select a port that is not blocked by a firewall or used by another service defined in the /etc/services file. To set the communications port, update the DB2 database manager configuration variable SVCENAME. For example, to set the communications port to 50055, issue the following command as the instance user ("db2inst1", if you've been using the defaults):

    db2 update dbm cfg using svcename 50055

  2. Set the DB2 communications protocol registry variable to define the protocol supported by the server. Typically the only protocol you would use is TCP/IP, so issue the following command as the instance user ("db2inst1" if you've been using the defaults):

    db2set DB2COMM=tcpip

  3. Restart the database instance to enable the settings to take effect.


You should now be able to catalog and connect to your Gentoo server from a remote client.

13.3.2. Running the DB2 Control Center and other DB2 GUI tools

To run the DB2 Control Center or other DB2 GUI tools, you must install the IBM Software Developers' Kit for Java. This RPM is included in the DB2 install CD-ROM in the /db2/linux/Java-1.4/ directory. To install the IBM Software Developers' Kit for Java, change to the root directory of the CD-ROM and issue the following command as root:

rpm --force --nodeps -ivh db2/linux/Java-1.4/IBMJava2-SDK-1.4.1-2.0.i386.rpm

Log in as the db2inst1 and invoke the DB2 Control Center:


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