I have Cassandra pool across machines in LAN. I need nodetool on machine without Cassandra installed. How can I get it?

Is the installing Cassandra and disabling db service is the best way?

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The easiest (non-invasive) way is probably to download the tarball installation (you'll need to select either a Mac or Linux-based OS for it to allow you to download the tarball). Based-on your mention of disabling the service, I'm going to guess that you want to accomplish this on Windows. If that's not the case, please indicate so in the comments.

Un-tar dsc-cassandra-2.0.8-bin.tar.gz to the location you want to run Nodetool out of. ex:

$ cd /tools
$ tar -zxvf dsc-cassandra-2.0.8-bin.tar.gz

Note: You may have a different application you use for tarballs. I ran this from a Cygwin terminal.

Find the location of your JRE/JDK (not the bin directory) and set that as your "JAVA_HOME" (System) environment variable. When you have it set properly, you should be able to query it via CMD:

>echo %JAVA_HOME%
C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre7

Once you have JAVA_HOME set, it should work from either CMD or Powershell:

C:\tools\dsc-cassandra-2.0.8\bin>nodetool -h status
Starting NodeTool
Note: Ownership information does not include topology; for complete information, specify a keyspace
Datacenter: datacenter1
|/ State=Normal/Leaving/Joining/Moving
--  Address       Load       Tokens  Owns    Host ID                               Rack
UN  506.29 MB  256     100.0%  cd39f0fe-ed67-40cf-b6bd-504cedabf497  rack1

This way, you can run nodetool without messing with an installer or services.

  • thx for reply! all machines run Debian, but I catch the idea =) Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 15:50
  • @dizpers Oh, for Debian it's even easier! Just untar the file, and make sure Java is installed (and alternatives are properly updated) and it should just "work."
    – Aaron
    Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 16:44

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