Archive for September, 2013

How I found a way to install node.js & npm on CentOs 5

September 12, 2013

I was having lots of difficulties to install node.js / npm on a server running CentOS 5. The node.js documentation mentions that we should be adding the EPEL repository and then using “yum install npm” to install it. However, no matter how much I tried, this package seems unavailable on CentOS 5. Compiling from source was a solution but I really did not want to install all the development tools on that machine that is essentially just a testing server. All I needed node.js for was to run tests from the mocha test framework.

After much research I finally found an answer on serverfault (a branch of StackOverflow). It suggests to use nave, a virtual environment for node that will install npm and node.js just for the local user. Turns out this is exactly what I wanted since it would simplify the migration if I need to move my testing environment to another server.

Commands in the console:
chmod +x
./ install stable
./ use stable

(You could replace stable with a specific node version number)

And that’s all! node and npm are available from this specific user, no need to compile node from source to use it from CentOS.

How-to Install Oracle Endeca Integrator on Mac OS X

September 6, 2013

Oracle Endeca Information Discovery is shipping with the ETL tool “Endeca Information Discovery Integrator”. This is in fact a white label name for the open-source tool CloverETL with some added features.

Since Clover can work on Mac, I was wondering if I would be able to make CloverETL work on Mac and be compatible with the existing Endeca tools. Most of the time during Endeca development, we use Endeca Integrator Server to load the data into Endeca Server. Those software typically run on powerful servers so the only tool you really need to use locally is Integrator, to be able to make modifications to the Endeca loading graphs and upload them onto Endeca Integrator Server. Since I use a Mac for all my development needs, it only makes sense to run Integrator locally on Mac and let the other tools run on the servers.

Those instructions are for Endeca OEID 2.3, assuming someone already installed it on Windows. I believe the instructions are very similar for Endeca OEID 3.0 and also on Linux (using different paths).

To get started, download CloverETL Designer Free Trial 3.2.1 for Mac

Since you already own a license of Clover by buying OEID, I assume that this is safe to transfer your license from the Windows version of Clover to the Mac version, but do it at your own risk!
So after installing Integrator on Windows

Find license.dat into


When you launch CloverETL Designer on Mac, copy paste the content of the license.dat file into the box that asks you to enter your license file.

Move every folder that starts with com.endeca. from Integrator Windows at this path:


to Mac

CloverETL Designer Application -> Right click Show Package Contents -> Contents -> MacOs -> plugins

Relaunch CloverETL on Mac, Go to Clover Preferences

Click Browse
Drag and drop the plugins folder in the window

Go choose


Click Import

Click Apply
Copy all the files in



CloverETL Designer Application -> Right click Show Package Contents -> Contents->MacOs -> plugins -> com.cloveretl.gui_3.2.1 -> icons

Relaunch Clover.

That is all! You now have CloverETL with all the extra Endeca graph components and also with the ability to export and run your graphs on Integrator Server. You can start editing your graphs in your existing Endeca project.