Installing PL/R

PL/R is available as a package that you can download from the Pivotal Network and install using the Linux rpm package utility.

Note: For details on how to use PL/R, see Using PL/R.


Before you install the PL/R software extension, ensure:

  • Your HAWQ cluster is up and running.
  • You have set up the HDB 2.x and HDB 2.x Add-On repositories.
  • You have installed the EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) repository on each node in your HAWQ cluster. This repository provides the required R packages and dependencies:

    root@hawq-node$ yum install epel-release

Install PL/R

The PL/R package RPM file is available from the HDB Add-On repository.

  1. On each HAWQ node in your cluster, install the PL/R package by running the following command:

    root@hawq-node$ yum install plr-hawq -y

    The files installed by this RPM are owned by root. If you installed HAWQ via Ambari, HAWQ files are owned by gpadmin. Perform the following steps on each node in your Ambari-managed HAWQ cluster to align the ownership of PL/R files:

    root@hawq-node$ cd /usr/local/hawq
    root@hawq-node$ chown gpadmin:gpadmin share/postgresql/contrib/plr.sql docs/contrib/README.plr lib/postgresql/
  2. Log in to the HAWQ master node and set up the HAWQ environment:

    $ ssh gpadmin@<master>
    gpadmin@master$ source /usr/local/hawq/
  3. Restart your HAWQ cluster:

    gpadmin@master$ hawq restart cluster

Enable PL/R Language Support

For each database that requires its use, register the PL/R language with the CREATE LANGUAGE SQL command.

As the gpadmin user, connect to the database to which you wish to add PL/R language support. For example, to add support to a database named testdb:

gpadmin@master$ psql -d testdb

At the psql prompt, run the CREATE LANGUAGE SQL command to add PL/R support:

testdb=# CREATE LANGUAGE plr;

Note: If you are unable to create the plr language due to a missing library error, you may need to update the LD_LIBRARY_PATH setting to include /usr/lib64/R/lib and restart your HAWQ cluster.

You are now ready to create new or add existing PL/R functions.

Install PL/R Functions

Once PL/R is installed, HAWQ nodes have access to a library of PL/R convenience functions. These are located in the /usr/local/hawq/share/postgresql/contrib/plr.sql file.

Install these convenience PL/R functions using the psql utility as follows:

gpadmin@master$ psql -d <dbname> -f /usr/local/hawq/share/postgresql/contrib/plr.sql

Replace <dbname> with the name of the target database.

Note: This script also adds PL/R language support to the database.

Downloading and Installing R Packages

R packages are modules that contain R functions and data sets. You can install R packages to extend R and PL/R functionality in HAWQ.

See Downloading and Installing R Packages

Note: If you expand HAWQ and add segment hosts, you must install R, the PL/R rpm, and the R packages in the R installation of each of the new hosts.

Uninstall PL/R

When you remove PL/R language support from a database, the PL/R routines that you created in the database will no longer work.

Remove PL/R Support for a Database

For a database that no longer requires the PL/R language, remove support for PL/R with the SQL command DROP LANGUAGE.

As the gpadmin user, connect to the database from which you wish to remove PL/R language support. For example:

gpadmin@master$ psql -d testdb

At the psql prompt, run the DROP LANGUAGE SQL command to remove PL/R support. If you have installed the PL/R convenience functions included in plr.sql on the database you must use CASCADE option.

testdb=# DROP LANGUAGE plr;



Uninstall PL/R RPM

Every database must unregister PL/R support before you can uninstall the PL/R extension package.

To uninstall the PL/R package, run the following command on each node in your HAWQ cluster:

root@hawq-node$ yum erase plr-hawq

Finally, log in to the HAWQ master node and restart the cluster.

gpadmin@master$ hawq restart cluster