Installing Solr 5 on CentOS 6 with Java 1.7

Here the instructions for a CentOS 6 with an already-installed Java 1.7 for Solr 5 without Tomcat.

yum install lsof unzip
tar zxvf solr-5.3.0.tgz
cd solr-5.3.0/bin

Now run the install_solr_service script as documented on official documentation:

mkdir /usr/local/etc/apache-solr-5
./ ../../solr-5.3.0.tgz -i /usr/local/etc/apache-solr-5 -d /var/mysolr5 -u mysolr5 -s
mysolr5 -p 5448

To get the current status:

service mysolr5 status

The service is already set to autostart:

chkconfig --list | grep solr
mysolr5 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off

If you want to secure the Solr instance running it only on localhost, you can add a custom SOLR_OPTS:

nano /var/mysolr5/
# Anything you add to the SOLR_OPTS variable will be included in the java
# start command line as-is, in ADDITION to other options. If you specify the
# -a option on start script, those options will be appended as well. Examples:
# ...
# run only on localhost

Apply the changes and then check where the service is running:

service mysolr5 restart
netstat -tulpn | grep java
tcp 0 0 ::ffff: :::* LISTEN 11273/java
tcp 0 0 ::ffff: :::* LISTEN 11273/java

Before was available to all clients:

tcp 0 0 :::5448 :::* LISTEN 24541/java

Using supervisord

As alternative of the standard service you can use a nice tool like supervisor using the -f option to execute the command from there: I try before without the argument and supervisord will start the service on the client but it will not stop. Not good. The -f (foreground) option can solve this issue but I haven’t tested yet.

Using Tomcat

Tomcat is another way to run solr. I’ve used it in the past for multicore solr, but I will not use it anymore because I prefer single core running on multiple instances on different port. With this approach you can have a solr 5.x and 3.x instances running on the same server, not exactly efficient for consumed resources but really really more easy to deploy and maintain than Tomcat / multicore. So I’m happy with the service right now.

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