Getting started

Once the system is installed it needs to be configured. The central tool to configure and control the system is seiscomp which is explained more deeply in the next chapter.

Initial configuration

To configure SeisComP3 initially, run seiscomp setup. This is the successor of the former ./setup script. The initial configuration also allows to setup the MySQL database for SeisComP3.

As a wrapper to seiscomp setup, a wizard can be started from scconfig (Ctrl-N).


With Ubuntu 16.04 MariaDB has become the standard flavour of MySQL in Ubuntu and either MariaDB or MySQL can be installed. The implementation of MariaDB in Ubuntu requires additional steps. They must be taken in order to allow SeisComP3 to make use of MariaDB.

The full procedure including database optimization is:

user@hosst:~$ sudo systemctl enable mysql
user@host:~$ sudo mysql_secure_installation
    provide new root password
    answer all questions with yes [Enter]

user@host:~$ sudo mysql -u root -p
    CREATE DATABASE seiscomp3 CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_bin;
    grant usage on seiscomp3.* to sysop@localhost identified by 'sysop';
    grant all privileges on seiscomp3.* to sysop@localhost;
    grant usage on seiscomp3.* to sysop@'%' identified by 'sysop';
    grant all privileges on seiscomp3.* to sysop@'%';
    flush privileges;

user@host:~$ sudo vim /etc/mysql/mariadb.conf.d/50-server.cnf
    innodb_buffer_pool_size = <your value>
    innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit = 2

user@host:~$ sudo systemctl restart mysql
user@host:~$ mysql -u sysop -p seiscomp3 < ~/seiscomp3/share/db/mysql.sql

Currently, the scconfig wizard and seiscomp setup cannot be used to set up the MariaDB database. The option “Create database” must therefore be unchecked or answered with “no”.

In seiscomp setup default values are given in brackets [].

user@host:~$ seiscomp3/bin/seiscomp setup

SeisComP setup

This initializes the configuration of your installation.
If you already made adjustments to the configuration files
be warned that this setup will overwrite existing parameters
with default values. This is not a configurator for all
options of your setup but helps to setup initial standard values.

Hint: Entered values starting with a dot (.) are handled
      as commands. Available commands are:

      quit: Quit setup without modification to your configuration.
      back: Go back to the previous parameter.
      help: Show help about the current parameter (if available).

      If you need to enter a value with a leading dot, escape it
      with backslash, e.g. "\.value".

This will ask for initial settings as database (if package trunk is installed) parameters and the logging backend.

Organization name []:

Sets the organisation name printed e.g. when you say hello to Seedlink or Arclink.

Enable database storage [yes]:

Enables or disables the database for the system. This option should be left enabled unless all modules should connect to remote processing machine which is already available. The database is required to store inventory information as well as processing results. The database is the central storage for all trunk modules and the default request handler of Arclink.

 0) mysql
      MySQL server.
 1) postgresql
      PostgreSQL server. There is currently no support in setup to create the
      database for you. You have to setup the database and user accounts on
      your own. The database schema is installed under share/db/postgresql.sql.
Database backend [0]:

If the database is enable the database backend can be selected. SeisComP3 supports two main backends: MySQL and PostgreSQL. Select the backend to be used here but be prepared that only for the MySQL backend the setup can help to create the database and tables for you. If you are using PostgreSQL you have to provide a working database with the correct schema. The schema files are part of the distribution and can be found in share/db/postgresql.sql.

Create database [yes]:

If MySQL is selected it is possible to let seiscomp setup to create the database and all tables for you. If the database has been created already, say ‘no’ here.

MYSQL root password (input not echoed) []:

Give the MySQL root password for your database server to create the database tables. This is only required if the last question has been answered with ‘yes’.

Drop existing database [no]:

If a database with the same name (to be selected later) exists already and the database should be created for you, an error is raised. To delete an existing database with the same name, say ‘yes’ here.

Database name [seiscomp3]:
Database hostname [localhost]:
Database read-write user [sysop]:
Database read-write password [sysop]:
Database public hostname [localhost]:
Database read-only user [sysop]:
Database read-only password [sysop]:

Setup the various database options valid for all database backends. Give .help for more information.

If all question have been answered the final choice needs to be made to either create the initial configuration, go back to the last question or to quit without doing anything.

Finished setup

P) Proceed to apply configuration
B) Back to last parameter
Q) Quit without changes
Command? [P]:

Activate modules

After the installation all module are disabled for auto start. If seiscomp start is called, nothing will happen. To enable a set of modules, seiscomp enable needs to be called with a list of modules. For example, for a processing system with Seedlink for data acquisition, you may use:

user@host:~$ seiscomp3/bin/seiscomp enable seedlink scautopick scautoloc scamp scmag scevent
enabled seedlink
enabled scautopick
enabled scautoloc
enabled scamp
enabled scmag
enabled scevent

A successive call of seiscomp start will then start all enabled modules. This is also required to restart enabled modules with seiscomp check.

Alternatively, scconfig can be used to enable/disable and to start/stop/restart modules.

However, before starting seiscomp, station information (metadata) need to be provided and the configuration needs to be updated.

Supply metadata for networks and stations

SeisComP3 requires the metadata from seismic stations for data acquisition and processing. The metadata can be obtained from network operators or various other sources in different formats. The metadata include, e.g.:

  • network association
  • operation times
  • location
  • sensor and data logger specifications
  • data stream specificiations

SeisComP3 comes with various importers to add metadata for networks and stations including full response information.

import_inv is the tool to import inventory data into SeisComP3. Alternatively can be used.

user@host:~$ seiscomp3/bin/seiscomp exec import_inv dlsv inventory.dataless

This will import a dataless SEED volume into etc/inventory/inventory.dataless.xml.

Repeat this step for all inventory data you want to import.

Configure station bindings

The configuration of modules and bindings is explained in Configuration. To add bindings in a more convenient way, start scconfig.

user@host:~$ seiscomp3/bin/seiscomp exec scconfig

Update configuration and start everything

To update the configuration when new stations have been added or modified, seiscomp update-config needs to be run. This creates configuration files of modules that do not use the configuration directly, writes the trunk bindings to the database and synchronizes the inventory with the database.

user@host:~$ seiscomp3/bin/seiscomp update-config

After the configuration has been updated and the inventory has been synchronized, call seiscomp start to start all enabled modules:

user@host:~$ seiscomp3/bin/seiscomp start
starting seedlink
starting scautopick
starting scautoloc
starting scamp
starting scmag
starting scevent

Now the system should run. To check everything again, seiscomp check can be run which should print is running for all started modules. If everything is working, the analysis tools can be started, e.g. MapView.

user@host:~$ seiscomp3/bin/seiscomp exec scmv