EDEX for CentOS/Red Hat


Installs to subdirectories in /awips2

System Requirements

  • 64-bit CentOS/RHEL 6 or 7
  • 8 CPU cores (16 recommended)
  • 16GB RAM (32+GB recommended for full IDD processing)
  • 500GB disk space, more if you build a data archive.

An SSD is an especially good idea, mounted to /awips2/edex/data/hdf5 to contain the decoded data files, or mounted to /awips2 to contain the entire AWIPS software system.

EDEX can scale to any system, either by adjusting the incoming data feeds, or the resources allocated to each data type, but when selecting a server, more is always better.

64-bit CentOS/RHEL 6 and 7 are the only supported Linux operating systems. You may have luck with Fedora Core 12 to 14 and Scientific Linux. EDEX is not developed, tested, or supported on Debian, Ubuntu, SUSE, Solaris, OS X, or Windows.

Linux One-Time Setup

All of these command should be run as root!

Users and Groups

Create user and group awips:fxalpha

groupadd fxalpha && useradd -G fxalpha awips

or if the awips account already exists:

groupadd fxalpha && usermod -G fxalpha awips


Configure iptables to allow TCP connections on ports 5672, 9581 and 9582

  • To open ports to all connections

    vi /etc/sysconfig/iptables
    :INPUT ACCEPT [0:0]
    :OUTPUT ACCEPT [0:0]
    -A INPUT -p icmp -j ACCEPT
    -A INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT
    -A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT
    -A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 5672 -j ACCEPT
    -A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 9581 -j ACCEPT
    -A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 9582 -j ACCEPT
    -A INPUT -j REJECT --reject-with icmp-host-prohibited
    -A FORWARD -j REJECT --reject-with icmp-host-prohibited
  • To open ports to specific IP addresses

    vi /etc/sysconfig/iptables
    :INPUT DROP [0:0]
    :FORWARD DROP [0:0]
    :OUTPUT ACCEPT [0:0]
    :EXTERNAL - [0:0]
    :EDEX - [0:0]
    -A INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT
    -A INPUT -p icmp --icmp-type any -j ACCEPT
    -A INPUT -s -j EDEX
    -A INPUT -s -j EDEX
    -A EDEX -m state --state NEW -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT
    -A EDEX -m state --state NEW -p tcp --dport 5672 -j ACCEPT
    -A EDEX -m state --state NEW -p tcp --dport 9581 -j ACCEPT
    -A EDEX -m state --state NEW -p tcp --dport 9582 -j ACCEPT

In this example, the IP range will match all 128.117.140. addresses, while will match 128.117.156..

Restart iptables

service iptables restart

For CentOS 7 error Redirecting to /bin/systemctl restart iptables.service Failed to restart iptables.service: Unit iptables.service failed to load: No such file or directory.

The solution is:

yum install iptables-services
systemctl enable iptables
service iptables restart

Disable SELinux

vi /etc/sysconfig/selinux

# This file controls the state of SELinux on the system.
# SELINUX= can take one of these three values:
#     enforcing - SELinux security policy is enforced.
#     permissive - SELinux prints warnings instead of enforcing.
#     disabled - No SELinux policy is loaded.
# SELINUXTYPE= can take one of these two values:
#     targeted - Targeted processes are protected,
#     mls - Multi Level Security protection.

Read more about selinux at redhat.com

reboot if necessary, required if iptables was updated.

SSD Mount

Though a Solid State Drive is not required, it is strongly encouraged in order to handle the amount of disk IO for real-time IDD feeds.

The simplest configuration would be to mount an 500GB+ SSD to /awips2 to contain both the installed software (approx. 20GB) and the real-time data (approx. 150GB per day).

The default purge rules are configured such that /awips2 does not exceed 450GB. /awips2/data_store is scoured every hour and should not exceed 50GB.

If you want to increase EDEX data retention you should mount a large disk to /awips2/edex/data/hdf5 since this will be where the archived processed data exists, and any case studies created.

    Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sda1        30G  2.5G   26G   9% /
    tmpfs            28G     0   28G   0% /dev/shm
    /dev/sdc1       788G   81G  667G  11% /awips2
    /dev/sdb1       788G   41G  708G  10% /awips2/edex/data/hdf5

yum install

Download the script installEDEX.sh to setup and run yum to install AWIPS packages:

wget http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/software/awips2/installEDEX.sh
chmod 755 ./installEDEX.sh

What does installEDEX.sh do?

  1. Downloads awips2.repo or el7.repo to /etc/yum.repos.d/awips2.repo
  2. Runs yum clean all
  3. Runs yum groupinstall awips2-server

EDEX Setup

The command edex setup attempts to add the domain name of your server.

  • /awips2/edex/bin/setup.env should contain the fully-qualified domain name, externally resolved, localhost will not work.

    export EDEX_SERVER=edex-cloud.unidata.ucar.edu
  • /awips2/ldm/etc/ldmd.conf contains the upstream server (default idd.unidata.ucar.edu, which requires you connect form a .edu domain). This file also contains the edexBridge hostname (default localhost).

    EXEC    "pqact -e"
    EXEC    "edexBridge -s localhost"
  • /etc/security/limits.conf defines the number of user processes and files (this step is automatically performed by installEDEX.sh). Without these definitions, Qpid is known to crash during periods of high ingest.

    awips soft nproc 65536
    awips soft nofile 65536


EDEX installs its own version of the LDM to the directory /awips2/ldm. As with a the default LDM configuration, two files are used to control what IDD feeds are ingested:

  • /awips2/ldm/etc/ldmd.conf - specifies an upstream LDM server to request data from, and what feeds to request:

    REQUEST FNEXRAD|IDS|DDPLUS|UNIWISC ".*" idd.unidata.ucar.edu
    REQUEST NGRID ".*" idd.unidata.ucar.edu
    REQUEST NOTHER "^TIP... KNES.*" idd.unidata.ucar.edu
  • /awips2/ldm/etc/pqact.conf - specifies the WMO headers and file pattern actions to request:

    # Redbook graphics
    ANY     ^([PQ][A-Z0-9]{3,5}) (....) (..)(..)(..) !redbook [^/]*/([^/]*)/([^/]*)/([^/]*)/([0-9]{8})
            FILE    -overwrite -close -edex /awips2/data_store/redbook/\8/\4\5Z_\8_\7_\6-\1_\2_(seq).rb.%Y%m%d%H
    # NOAAPORT GINI images
    NIMAGE  ^(sat[^/]*)/ch[0-9]/([^/]*)/([^/]*)/([^ ]*) ([^/]*)/([^/]*)/([^/]*)/ (T[^ ]*) ([^ ]*) (..)(..)(..)
            FILE    -overwrite -close -edex /awips2/data_store/sat/\(11)\(12)Z_\3_\7_\6-\8_\9_(seq).satz.%Y%m%d%H

Start and Stop

to start all EDEX services, including the LDM:

edex start

Starting EDEX PostgreSQL:                                  [  OK  ]
Starting httpd:                                            [  OK  ]
Starting QPID                                              [  OK  ]
Starting EDEX Camel (request): 
Starting EDEX Camel (ingest): 
Starting EDEX Camel (ingestGrib): 
Starting AWIPS LDM:The product-queue is OK.

to stop:

edex stop

Stopping EDEX Camel (request): 
Stopping EDEX Camel (ingest): 
Stopping EDEX Camel (ingestGrib): 
Stopping QPID                                              [  OK  ]
Stopping httpd:                                            [  OK  ]
Stopping EDEX PostgreSQL:                                  [  OK  ]
Stopping AWIPS LDM:Stopping the LDM server...

To manually start, stop, and restart:

service edex_postgres start
service httpd-pypies start
service qpidd start
service edex_camel start

The fifth service, edex_ldm, does not run at boot to prevent filling up disk space if EDEX is not running.

service edex_ldm start

To start all services except the LDM (good for troubleshooting):

edex start base

Directories To Know

  • /awips2 - Contains all of the installed AWIPS software.
  • /awips2/edex/logs - EDEX logs.
  • /awips2/httpd_pypies/var/log/httpd - httpd-pypies logs.
  • /awips2/data/pg_log - PostgreSQL logs.
  • /awips2/qpid/log - Qpid logs.
  • /awips2/edex/data/hdf5 - HDF5 data store.
  • /awips2/edex/data/utility - Localization store and configuration files.
  • /awips2/ldm/etc - Location of ldmd.conf and pqact.conf
  • /awips2/ldm/logs - LDM logs.
  • /awips2/data_store - Raw data store.
  • /awips2/data_store/ingest - Manual data ingest endpoint (as of 16.4.1, previously /awips2/edex/data/manual)