Monday, December 31, 2007

Installing and Configuring Globus Services on Mac OS X

* Download Mac binaries from Globus site. Probably the VDT will work fine also.

* Do the usual configure/make/make install business.

* Unfortunately, all Macs that I tried are missing Perl XML parsers and so will fail at the "make install" step. For some reason, Globus's ./configure isn't set up to catch this. Not sure why. I found the following nice instructions for installing Perl::XML and other stuff at

This will take a while.

* Set up Simple CA. See


The VDT page above actually points to some older (v 3.2) instructions, but these are still OK also.

* Make your host certificate and sign it. I did all of this as root.

$GLOBUS_LOCATION/bin/grid-cert-request -host `hostname`

(note the backticks around hostname).

cd /etc/grid-security/
~/Globus-Services/bin/grid-ca-sign -in hostcert_request.pem -out hostsigned.pem

* Create your xinetd services.

cd /etc/inetd.d/
touch gsigatekeeper
touch gsiftp

* Here is my gsigatekeeper:
service gsigatekeeper
socket_type = stream
protocol = tcp
wait = no
user = root
env = LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/Users/mpierce/Globus-Services/lib
env = DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH=/Users/mpierce/Globus-Services/lib
server = /Users/mpierce/Globus-Services/sbin/globus-gatekeeper
server_args = -conf /Users/mpierce/Globus-Services/etc/globus-gatekeeper.conf
disable = no

And my gsiftp:
service gsiftp
instances = 100
socket_type = stream
wait = no
user = root
env += GLOBUS_LOCATION=/Users/mpierce/Globus-Services
env += LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/Users/mpierce/Globus-Services/lib
env += DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH=/Users/mpierce/Globus-Services/lib
server = /Users/mpierce/Globus-Services/sbin/globus-gridftp-server
server_args = -i
log_on_success += DURATION
nice = 10
disable = no

Note the LD_LIBRARY_PATH is not useful for Macs--you need DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH instead (see below). But I left it in anyway--you will need this for Linux installations.

* Start your services:

service gsiftp start
service gsigatekeeper start

* You may want to add these also to /etc/services
tail /etc/services
# Carstein Seeberg
# 48004-48555 Unassigned
com-bardac-dw 48556/udp # com-bardac-dw
com-bardac-dw 48556/tcp # com-bardac-dw
# Nicholas J Howes
# 48557-49150 Unassigned
# 49151 IANA Reserved
#gsiftp 2811/tcp
#gsigatekeeper 2119/tcp

* Check these with telnet:
telnet localhost 2811
telnet localhost 2119

* Note you must use DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH on the Mac or else the service will not start even though the "service" commands above will not complain. You will get errors like this if you telnet to the ports:

* Requisite Globus Complaint: I had to do all the above configuration stuff by hand. Why not have a configuration post-installation "flavor" called "my first globus installation" that does all of this for you?

* Create a grid-mapfile and some usercerts, or just use your favorite grid-mapfile from some place else.

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