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Before you start
  • Provision the necessary hardware to support your implementation plan.
  • Select one of the recommended operating systems from the options listed on the server recommendations page. You will need to know which operating system you are using before you begin the installation.
  • The server, either directly or indirectly, must be able to access the internet on ports 80 and/or 443 (preferably both)
  • Ensure that the machine and the data directory location of the PostgreSQL installation have sufficient disk space by running the df -h command. Requirements and recommendations for disk layout can be seen here: PostgreSQL.
  • Ensure that SELinux is disabled.
  • All commands, unless otherwise noted, must be run as root.

Note: It is recommended to copy and paste the code provided in these instructions.

1. Notify when your equipment is prepared. Please provide IFI with the name, address, and telephone number of the person who is to receive a copy of the compressed PostgreSQL database. IFI will replicate a copy of the PostgreSQL database on a USB drive and ship it to you.

2. When you receive the USB, connect it to your intended PostgreSQL machine and mount the drive so that it can be read.

3. Use yum to install PostgreSQL.

yum -y install \
    postgresql postgresql-contrib \
    postgresql-odbc postgresql-plperl \

4. If you are using CentOS, add the epel repository.

yum -y install epel-release

If you are using RHEL, use the following code to add the epel repository. Otherwise, continue to step 5.

yum -y install$(rpm -E '%{rhel}').noarch.rpm

5. Install the appropriate repository for your operating system using the command listed in the Repository column below. If necessary, adjust the code to reflect the version you are using.

6. After installing the repository, run a yum update to pull in the patched version of libxml2 from the IFI CLAIMS repository.

yum update

Note: Reboot if kernel was upgraded.

7. CLAIMS Direct requires a working PostgreSQL cluster. If you do not have an initialized cluster, the following commands will initialize the cluster and give you rudimentary authentication and access levels needed to run CLAIMS Direct. Note that the initdb command has to be run by the user who owns PostgreSQL (user postgres). Enter:

su - postgres

followed by:

initdb -A trust \
       -D /var/lib/pgsql/data \
       -E utf8

8. Using a text editor, modify the IP addresses in the following configuration files.

Note: If you are installing the client tools on a separate machine, other hosts will be required. Be sure to remove the hash (#) at the start of the ‘other hosts’ entry if you need to enable access for other hosts or subnets.


# Allow trusted local access

local   all             all                                     trust
# IPv4 local connections
host    all             all               trust
# Other hosts on subnets that may require access, for example
# host    all             all            trust


listen_addresses = '*'                  # what IP address(es) to listen on;

Note: If you already have an initialized cluster, please be certain that local access is enabled for stand-alone installation. In either distributed install, if a separate services machine is created, its IP address needs access. This is imperative for the client update procedures.

9. Enable and restart the PostgreSQL cluster.

systemctl enable postgresql.service ; systemctl restart postgresql.service

10. Create the role alexandria.

echo "create role alexandria with superuser login" | psql -U postgres postgres

11. Change the directory to the mounted USB file system and create the database. If desired, you can redirect errors (if any) to LOG.2.

cat alexandria-dwh.sql | psql -U alexandria postgres 2>/tmp/LOG.2

12. To ensure that the database has been created, run:

psql -U alexandria --list

The results should show the alexandria database.

                 List of databases      
Name       |  Owner    | Encoding |   Collate  |    Ctype    |  Access privileges
alexandria |alexandria | UTF8     | en_US.UTF-8| en_US.UTF-8 |                                		                                                                                                 
postgres   |postgres   | UTF8     | en_US.UTF-8| en_US.UTF-8 |  
template0  |postgres   | UTF8     | en_US.UTF-8| en_US.UTF-8 |=c/postgres          +      
 		   |           |          |            |             | postgres=CTc/postgres
template1  |postgres   | UTF8     | en_US.UTF-8| en_US.UTF-8 |=c/postgres          +       
           |           |          |            |             | postgres=CTc/postgres

13. Run the pre-flight check script to confirm that your system is properly configured to load the data.

Note: The scripts used in these instructions are located on the mounted USB file system.


The sample output of a properly configured system would look like this:

# Testing localhost/alexandria ...
#   OK    : procedual language sql
#   OK    : procedual language plpgsql
#   OK    : procedual language plperl
#   OK    : procedual language plperlu
#   OK    : XML capability (test 1/libxml):
#   OK    : XML capability (test 2/libxml):

Resolve any recognized errors. For unfamiliar errors, please contact

14. Use the load script to load the CLAIMS Direct data into PostgreSQL tables. Since the loading process will take 1-2 days, we recommend that you detach the script from the terminal to allow it to run in the background. Edit the IP address in the command to reflect the IP address where postgres is installed.

nohup bash ./ alexandria &

15. Use the ps command periodically to check whether the process has completed.

Note: If you want to check on the process while it is running, use the following command to show the progress of the tables which are being copied:

ps -eaf |grep COPY

16. Once the loading process is complete, you can run the script, a simple QA of table counts, to ensure that the tables have loaded correctly. Modify the IP address to reflect the postgresql server. This may take an hour or more to run.

bash ./ alexandria

The results should show that 39 tables have loaded. The following tables are deprecated and will show a count of 0:


More information about the tables can be seen in Data Warehouse Design.

17. Optional: you may want to run a simple SQL query as an additional test to confirm that the data is present.

echo "select * from xml.t_patent_document_values where ucid = 'US-5551212-A'" | psql -U alexandria
Next Steps

Once the data has been loaded, proceed to Client Tools Installation.

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