Step 2: Prepare Packages and Repositories

In order to correctly install services, each node must have access to the package files.

The MapR software distribution is separated into two repositories that contain the package files:

  • MapR packages. These provide core functionality for MapR clusters, such as the MapR file system.
  • MapR ecosystem packages. These packages are not specific to MapR. Examples include the packages for Hive and Pig.

Some MapR services have internal dependencies that require additional packages. For example, when you install the CLDB service on a node, the node must also have mapr-core and mapr-fileserver installed. You can install dependencies on each node before beginning the MapR installation process, or you can configure repositories and allow the package manager on each node to resolve the dependencies. For a list of package dependencies, see Packages and Dependencies for MapR Software.

You can make packages available to each node, as described in subsequent sections, using the MapR internet repository, a local repository, or a local path with rpm or deb package files. For information about packages and repositories for MapR software and Hadoop Ecosystem tools, see MapR Repositories and Packages.