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We have prepared a bash shell script that starts all the necessary components on one machine. We will use this script throughout this quickstart manual to allow you to get a feel for what the system can do and how it works without having to deal with issues of distributing to other servers.

Base system required

For the quick startup, NetarchiveSuite requires:

  • A Linux system with a minimum of 2GB free diskspace. (The minimum diskspace can be configured, but this is a reasonable minimum amount of space in which to store the harvested data.) Note that for the quickstart, you must be able to run a browser on the machine that you run the system on - this is an artifact of the quickstart system and is not the case in the full system.
  • Sun/Oracle Java SE (Standard Edition) JDK version 1.6.0_19 (or later) running on the Linux system (32-bit or 64-bit). Newer versions of Sun Java 1.6 will probably work, but have not been tested. Other Java versions such as OpenJDK and Oracle Java 7 are not tested or recommended. The latest download version of Sun Java 6 SE is "JDK 6 Update 43" (May 2013).
  • The standard Quickstart setup assumes that there are at least two users defined on the linux machine. One is your own normal login, and the additional user is named "test". The commands to install NetarchiveSuite are run from your own login. The commands install and run the NetarchiveSuite software under user "test". This simulates the more realistic productions situation where the software runs under various logins on one or more machines in a distributed network. For convenience, it is a good idea to configure the test-user to have password-free ssh access - i.e. you should be able to execute "ssh test@localhost" in a shell without entering the test-user's password.
  • Root-access is not required to install and run NetarchiveSuite (although you will need root access to create the test-user.)

To check that you have the right version of Java do the following

  • start a terminal login to the linux system as an ordinary user
  • check java version is version 1.6.0_19 (or higher) by writing:

    $ java -version

    you should then see something like

    linux>java -version
    java version "1.6.0_19"
    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_19-b04)
    Java HotSpot(TM) Server VM (build 16.2-b04, mixed mode)


Download of the newest release is described here

Note: Instead of downloading a you can also build it yourself from the svn trunk:

$ svn export .
$ cd trunk
$ ant releasezipball
$ mv ../

Setup JMS

NetarchiveSuite uses JMS for inter-process communication. JMS is the Java Messaging Service, which provides asynchronous communication between processes. You do not need any knowledge of JMS to use NetarchiveSuite. However you need to make sure that there are not already JMS brokers running on your system using PORT 7676.

Currently only the open-source version of Sun's JMS implementation is supported, since some functionality of other implementations does not match our assumptions well.

To download and install it, do the following:

  • Create a new dir for the messagebus broker in the netarchive dir:

    $ cd ~/netarchive 
    $ mkdir broker
  • Open this link in a browser window
  • Click the Linux Link under version 4.5 binary Downloads to download a file (or later version)
  • Save the download file to the broker directory.
  • Unpack the zip file.
  • Set necessary environment variables: IMQ_HOME, IMQ_VARHOME, IMQ_ETCHOME:

    $ export IMQ_HOME=$HOME/netarchive/broker/mq
    $ export IMQ_VARHOME=$IMQ_HOME/var
    $ export IMQ_ETCHOME=$IMQ_HOME/etc


  • Run imqbroker in order to create settings file
  • $ chmod +x $IMQ_HOME/bin/imqbrokerd
    $ $IMQ_HOME/bin/imqbrokerd 
  • Check that


    starts and that the last message is

     "Broker <localhost>:7676 ready" 
  • Stop the imqbroker by pressing

  • edit settings to allow for enough listeners to a queue by doing

  • uncomment and specify count=20 for listeners by changing line

    #            imq.autocreate.queue.maxNumActiveConsumers



To start it, do the following:

$ cd netarchive
$ $IMQ_HOME/bin/imqbrokerd &


Download the following files to the netarchive directory:

The first script is a simple script for doing all the steps during deployment. It takes a NetarchiveSuite package ('.zip'), a configuration file (the second file), and a temporary installation directory as arguments (in the given order). The different ports used by the application for communication are included in the deploy_standalone_example.xml file.

In the configuration file all the applications are placed on one machine, the current machine (localhost).

When the installation script is run it will unpack the installation files into the netarchive/deploy directory and install NetarchiveSuite into the /home/test/QUICKSTART directory (using ssh).  Remember to check, that a Sun JVM is in the path for the test. If you already have a Quickstart installation, the existing bitarchive, database and files will be untouched. You must explicitly remove any previous installation, if you want a clean empty installation.

$ chmod +x
$ ./ deploy_standalone_example.xml deploy/

Note that if you have not setup your automatic ssh test user login (using key based login), you need to login some times before the installation finishes successfully. You must also have permission to ssh and scp to test@localhost (try e.g ssh test@localhost)

The script creates a deployment folder named "QUICKSTART" in e.g. /home/test/QUICKSTART, which contains methods for starting and stopping NetarchiveSuite, and starts the whole NetarchiveSuite. The files to run the installation will be placed in the ~/netarchive/deploy directory.

  • Start a web browser. Note that it is important that the browser is started on the same machine as the simple harvest script is run on
  • Setup the browser to proxy on port 8070 and exclude localhost and the hostname (used by the Heritrix GUI) e.g. in firefox:
Choose in the firefox toolbar:
Manual Proxy Configuration
and add:
Proxy: localhost
Port: 8070
No Proxy for: localhost
  • Write following url in the started browser http://localhost:8074/HarvestDefinition
  • You can now see the webinterface in the browser. You can now create, run and browse according to the following or the User Manual
  • You can stop and start the entire NAS system with:
ssh test@localhost
  • If you want to try other deploy examples, then go to "Examples of deploy configuration files" in the Installation Manual.

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