MySQL problems with NConf when upgrading OMD from 0.48 to 0.50

Recently I updated OMD to the new version 0.50 (Released 09/23/2011). While upgrading OMD was done smoothly within 5 minutes, I ran into problems on migrating NConf to the new OMD Version.

In my current configuration NConf runs in a subdirectory of the check_mk website within the OMD webserver instance. NConf stores it´s data in a local database, instead of using the MySQL server delivered with ODM. Actually, I never knew that ODM is shipped with a MySQL server – even though it makes sense, since NDO needs to have a database when used. When upgrading OMD from version 0.48 to 0.50 I did the following:

1)    Made a backup of the NConf folder.

2)    Installed the newest ODM.rpm.

3)    Upgraded my site to version 0.50. (omd update <sitename>)

4)    Copied the old NConf folder in the same directory as under OMD 0.48.

5)    Restarted OMD.

After the upgrade NConf experienced problems connecting to the local database server. Because I wasn´t able to find a short time solution I decided to install NConf from scratch, meaning a lot of work with dumping the database etc. Finally I found out, that OMD 0.50 includes a bugfix, which is the reason why it wasn´t working.

The bugfix:

The bugfix is basically a different definition of a runtime variable (correct me if I’m wrong) in the file /omd/sites/SITENAME/etc/apache/php-wrapper. Here you can see the important part of the file:

exec /usr/bin/php-cgi \
     -d session.save_path=/omd/sites/SITENAME/tmp/php/session \
     -d upload_tmp_dir=/omd/sites/SITENAME/tmp/php/upload \
     -d soap.wsdl_cache_dir=/omd/sites/SITENAME/tmp/php/wsdl-cache \
     -d safe_mode='Off' \
     -d mysql.default_socket=/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock

The changed part is the last line, which is defining the default path of the MySQL socket for php/cgi access. In version 0.48 it was pointing to /var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock – this is the standard path on SuSe Linux Enterprise 11 when running a local MySQL server.

However, as mentioned before, there is an integrated MySQL server in OMD. This server uses a path within the OMD site structure for it´s socket (/omd/sites/SITENAME/tmp/run/mysqld/mysql.sock). So correctly the programmer changed the path to that direction in version 0.50.

Result of that change is that NConf – if it´s running under the OMD webserver instance – gets a different MySQL socket address and doesn´t work with the local installed database. Technically it´s looking for the socket of the OMD built-in server, and obviously can´t connect since it´s not started.

Sidenote: You can enable the OMD MySQL server with the following command: omd start <sitename> mysql or by editing the line CONFIG_MYSQL=’off’ in /omd/sites/SITENAME/etc/omd/site.conf to CONFIG_MYSQL=’on’.

When I was investigating the database problem I tried to get NConf working with the built-in database. My experience is that this doesn´t work out of the box. You definitely have to activate InnoDB support manually by editing the my.cnf in the siteuser directory. After that I was still experiencing problems with deleted hosts still appearing – probably there is a problem in deleting associated data. I stopped investigating this problem, because running NConf on an external database seems to bring a major advantage to me: I don´t have to take care of the database when updating OMD.


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One Response to MySQL problems with NConf when upgrading OMD from 0.48 to 0.50

  1. Henry Huang says:

    Hi, I just found out about the build in MySQL database of OMD. If you turn it on, how do you get access to it with the command line mysql client? Does it have a default username and password? And what is MySQL server used for if you turn it on for OMD?

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