Specifying disk storage location during installation

You can specify the disk storage location when you:.

You can specify the disk storage location when you:

Specifying disk storage location when you install

When you install Vertica, the --data-dir parameter in the install_vertica script lets you specify a directory to contain database data and catalog files. The script defaults to the database administrator's default home directory /home/dbadmin.


  • The data and catalog directory must exist on each node in the cluster.

  • The directory on each node must be owned by the database administrator

  • Catalog and data path names must contain only alphanumeric characters and cannot have leading space characters. Failure to comply with these restrictions will result in database creation failure.

  • Vertica refuses to overwrite a directory if it appears to be in use by another database. Therefore, if you created a database for evaluation purposes, dropped the database, and want to reuse the database name, make sure that the disk storage location previously used has been completely cleaned up. See Managing storage locations for details.