Installing Redis on CentOS 4
TL;DR: CentOS 4 initscript for Redis at: http://gist.github.com/257849
Vanity Is Nice
I am a huge fan of Vanity, Assaf Arkin’s “Experiment Driven Development” framework. (A/B testing and metric tracking.) “Gem install” to “cap deploy” in under an hour. Talk about reducing the time investment required to get going with data-driven development! It Just Makes Life Easier.
Vanity uses Redis as its backing store. Redis is fast and lightweight — no problem there. It builds on CentOS right out of the gate. However, I want to use Redis with Vanity on a production site. If Redis is down, Vanity crashes and takes my app with it. I need it installed at runlevels 345, so it always starts at boot time. (We need adequate monitoring, too, but that’s a topic for another post.)
CentOS Needs a Friend
There is a Ubuntu initscript floating around, but building dpkg to get the start-stop-service binary is a little heavyweight for my taste. Instead, I’ve gutted an old Nginx initscript, and it works handily.
You can find it at: http://gist.github.com/257849
If You Came for the Show
How to install Redis on CentOS 4, in 13 easy steps:
- curl http://redis.googlecode.com/files/redis-1.02.tar.gz | tar zx
- cd redis-1.02
- sudo cp redis-server /usr/local/sbin
- sudo cp redis-cli /usr/local/bin
- sudo mkdir /var/lib/redis /etc/redis
- sudo sed -e “s/^daemonize no$/daemonize yes/” -e “s/^dir .//dir /var/lib/redis//” -e “s/^loglevel debug$/loglevel notice/” -e “s/^logfile stdout$/logfile /var/log/redis.log/” redis.conf > /etc/redis/redis.conf
- curl http://gist.github.com/gists/257849/download | tar -zxO > redis-server
- chmod u+x redis-server
- mv redis-server /etc/init.d
- sudo /sbin/chkconfig –add redis-server
- sudo /sbin/chkconfig –level 345 redis-server on
- sudo /sbin/service redis-server start
Congratulations, you have a complete Redis installation!
- Config: /etc/redis/redis.conf
- Data: /var/lib/redis
- Logfile: /var/log/redis.log
- PID: /var/run/redis.pid
If you tweak the paths, you’ll need to edit redis.conf and/or the redis-server initscript accordingly.