Install PostgreSQL 11 or higher. On FreeBSD, run:

# pkg databases/postgresql11-server

Add the service to /etc/rc.conf:

# sysrc postgresql_enable="YES"

Create a new PostgreSQL database cluster:

# service postgresql initdb


Customise the PostgreSQL configuration file /var/db/postgres/data11/postgresql.conf. Optionally, add the external IP address of the host to listen_address:

listen_addresses = 'localhost, <your ip>'

Also, set the password encryption to scram-sha-256:

password_encryption = scram-sha-256

Change the client authentication in /var/db/postgres/data11/pg_hba.conf. Set the IP address for IPv4/IPv6 connections according to your set-up, for example:

# TYPE  DATABASE        USER            ADDRESS                 METHOD

# "local" is for Unix domain socket connections only
local   all             all                                     trust
# IPv4 local connections:
host    all             all               scram-sha-256
host    all             all             <your ip>/32            scram-sha-256
# IPv6 local connections:
host    all             all             ::1/128                 scram-sha-256

Start the PostgreSQL server:

# service postgresql start

Set a new password for user postgres. After login, create a new database user (e.g., openadms) and a new database (e.g., openadms):

# passwd postgres
# su - postgres
$ createuser --no-superuser --createdb --no-createrole --pwprompt <username>
Enter password for new role:
Enter it again:
$ createdb --encoding UTF8 --owner <username> openadms

You may want to create additional users who have read/write privileges to selected databases only. Open a connection to the database openadms with

q psql -h localhost -U <username> -d openadms -a -f psql/openadms.sql


$ psql -h localhost -U <username> -d openadms
openadms=> \l
openadms=> \q

Create the SQL tables by executing openadms.sql from the OpenADMS Server repository with psql:

$ psql -h localhost -U <username> -d openadms -a -f psql/openadms.sql

The tables observations, logs, and heartbeats should be in database openadms now.

$ psql -h localhost -U <username> -server -d openadms
openadms=> \l
openadms=> \dt+ openadms.*
                              List of relations
  Schema  |     Name     | Type  |      Owner      |    Size    | Description
 openadms | heartbeats   | table | <username>      | 0 bytes    |
 openadms | observations | table | <username>      | 8192 bytes |
 openadms | logs         | table | <username>      | 0 bytes    |
(3 rows)
openadms=> \q

The PostgreSQL database is now ready to store time series data. Use nginx as a REST front-end.

Automated Backups

Use pg_dump to create database dumps:

# pg_dump openadms --username=<username> | gzip > /var/backups/`date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S"`_openadms.sql.gz

Automate backups with cron. Create a shell script with the above command and make it executable with chmod g+x /usr/local/sbin/ Add a new cron job that runs the backup script every week on Sunday at 23:00:

# crontab -e
0   23      *       *       0       sh /usr/local/sbin/

You can list active cron jobs with cronjob -l.