Using OmniSci Services

OmniSci features two system services: omnisci_server and omnisci_web_server. You can start these services individually using systemd.

Starting and Stopping OmniSciDB Using systemd

For permanent installations of OmniSciDB, OmniSci recommends that you use systemd to manage OmniSciDB services. systemd automatically handles tasks such as log management, starting the services on restart, and restarting the services if there is a problem.

In addition, systemd manages the open-file limit in Linux. Some cloud providers and distributions set this limit too low, which can result in errors as your OmniSci environment and usage grow. For more information about adjusting the limits on open files, see Why am I seeing the error "Too many open files...erno24"? in Frequently Asked Questions.

Initial Setup

You use the script to prepare systemd to run OmniSci services. The script asks questions about your environment, then installs the systemd service files in the correct location. You must run the script as the root user so that the script can perform tasks such as creating directories and changing ownership.

cd $OMNISCI_PATH/systemd
sudo ./

The script asks for the information described in the following table.






Path to OmniSciDB installation directory

Current install directory

OmniSci recommends /opt/omnisci as the install directory.


Path to the storage directory for OmniSciDB data and configuration files


Must be dedicated to OmniSci. The installation script creates the directory $OMNISCI_STORAGE/data, generates an appropriate configuration file, and saves the file as $OMNISCI_STORAGE/omnisci.conf.


User OmniSciDB is run as

Current user

User must exist before you run the script.


Group OmniSciDB is run as

Current user's primary group

Group must exist before you run the script.

Starting OmniSciDB Using systemd

To manually start OmniSciDB using systemd, run:

sudo systemctl start omnisci_server
sudo systemctl start omnisci_web_server

Restarting OmniSciDB Using systemd

You can use systemd to restart OmniSciDB — for example, after making configuration changes:

sudo systemctl restart omnisci_server
sudo systemctl restart omnisci_web_server

Stopping OmniSciDB Using systemd

To manually stop OmniSciDB using systemd, run:

sudo systemctl stop omnisci_server
sudo systemctl stop omnisci_web_server

Enabling OmniSciDB on Startup

To enable the OmniSciDB services to start on restart, run:

sudo systemctl enable omnisci_server
sudo systemctl enable omnisci_web_server

Using Configuration Parameters

You can customize the behavior of your OmniSci servers by modifying your omnisci.conf configuration file. See Configuration Parameters.