[Archivesspace_Users_Group] The best way to implement Solr - confused by documentation

Gadsby, Eric T. egadsby at towson.edu
Fri Apr 28 15:31:30 EDT 2023

Dear Friends,

In relationship to my previous message about moving our ArchivesSpace to a new server I am in the process of setting up Solr in our test environment and having troubles.

I set up Solr as outlined at https://solr.apache.org/guide/solr/latest/deployment-guide/taking-solr-to-production.html; specifically running the install script that places all files in the correct places, makes a solr user, and sets the start-up process. Solr installed fine but I could not make the ArchivesSpace core using the process laid out at https://archivesspace.github.io/tech-docs/provisioning/solr.html; I got an error.

Now here is where I have found a contradiction. The ArchivesSpace documentation instructs you to follow the Solr documentation. The Solr documentation says to run the script but that starts Solr while the ArchivesSpace documentation goes onto says to not run Solr before importing the ArchivesSpace configuration files.  Which is accurate?

I have rolled my testing environment back and am trying again.  In trying to get a better understanding I looked at Blake’s video at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KbD0M_XfqI.  In the video he says to simply move solr to /opt and you’re done, no need to run the script.  Is that the case?  Perhaps I am over thinking this but don’t you need to script to set up all the things Solr need like it’s own user and init file.  The Solr document says you can start the software from anywhere (ie your home directory) but they call it a “toy” install and cautions you not to overtax it suggesting you should test that way but run a full install.

As I roll up my sleaves to try again any guidance would be most helpful. Thanks in advance for your help!

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