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Remote DB


Remote DB feature means working with a Postgres instance on a remote host.


  • Name: Alex Lourie (Alourie)

Current status

The code is developed and is a part of the upstream code.

Design and flow


  • During the engine-setup operation, user is asked to select ‘remote’ or ‘local’ installation. Default value ‘local’ is offered.

    • If entered ‘local’, the installation will continue and perform installation on the local machine.
    • If entered ‘remote’, the additional set of questions will be presented.
      • Additional questions include: DB Admin username, DB Port, Remote Db password and “Security usage” parameters.
  • Installation proceeds with normal flow.
  • During the normal flow, additional parameters (if entered by user) are used during DB creation and JBoss configuration.

DB configuration parameters are stored in ~/.pgpass file, including remote host, port and username/password.

JBoss configuration is stored in /usr/share/jboss-as/standalone/configuration/standalone.xml file.

  • If setup is rerun, the same parameters are used in “upgradeDb” function. Also, see next section for the upgrade logic.


  • During the upgrade, the DB connection values are received from ~/.pgpass file and used for connection.
  • The upgrade works as follows:

    • First, the packages are upgraded if necessary.
    • Before performing the DB upgrade, a backup is taken.
    • After the backup, the default DB (‘engine’) is renamed to ‘engine-<date>
    • If renaming fails, yum rollback is performed, and user is notified about possible active connections.
    • If renaming succeeds, DB upgrade is started.
    • If upgrade fails, the renamed DB is removed and yum rollback is performed.
    • If upgrade succeeds, the ‘engine-<date>’ is renamed back to ‘engine’.


  • During the upgrade, the DB connection values are received from ~/.pgpass file and used for connection.
  • If DB drop fails user is notified about possible active connections.

Unattended (silent) installation

It is possible to use an answer file for the silent installation. The values for the RemoteDb are:


To use with local installation, only DB_REMOTE_INSTALL=local and DB_LOCAL_PASS values are required.

To use with remote installation, use DB_REMOTE_INSTALL=remote and configure DB_HOST, DB_PORT, DB_ADMIN, DB_REMOTE_PASS and DB_SECURE_CONNECTION values as needed.

It is recommended to generate the answer file automatically:

engine-setup --gen-answer-file=<answer file full path>

…and then update its parameters accordingly with the installation requirements. After that, proceed with installation using the answer file:

engine-setup --answer-file=<answer file full path>