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2.6. Allowing Read-Only Access to the History Database

To allow access to the history database without allowing edits, you must create a read-only PostgreSQL user that can log in to and read from the ovirt_engine_history database. This procedure must be executed on the system on which the history database is installed.

Allowing Read-Only Access to the History Database

  1. Enable psql commands:

    # . scl_source enable rh-postgresql95
  2. Create the user to be granted read-only access to the history database:

    # psql -U postgres -c "CREATE ROLE username WITH LOGIN ENCRYPTED PASSWORD 'password';" -d ovirt_engine_history
  3. Grant the newly created user permission to connect to the history database:

    # psql -U postgres -c "GRANT CONNECT ON DATABASE ovirt_engine_history TO username;"
  4. Grant the newly created user usage of the public schema:

    # psql -U postgres -c "GRANT USAGE ON SCHEMA public TO username;" ovirt_engine_history
  5. Generate the rest of the permissions that will be granted to the newly created user and save them to a file:

    # psql -U postgres -c "SELECT 'GRANT SELECT ON ' || relname || ' TO username;' FROM pg_class JOIN pg_namespace ON pg_namespace.oid = pg_class.relnamespace WHERE nspname = 'public' AND relkind IN ('r', 'v');" --pset=tuples_only=on  ovirt_engine_history > grant.sql
  6. Use the file you created in the previous step to grant permissions to the newly created user:

    # psql -U postgres -f grant.sql ovirt_engine_history
  7. Remove the file you used to grant permissions to the newly created user:

    # rm grant.sql
  8. Add the following lines for the newly created user to /var/opt/rh/rh-postgresql95/lib/pgsql/data/pg_hba.conf:

    # TYPE  DATABASE                USER           ADDRESS                 METHOD
    host    ovirt_engine_history    username               md5
    host    ovirt_engine_history    username    ::0/0                   md5
  9. Reload the PostgreSQL service:

    # systemctl reload rh-postgresql95-postgresql
  10. You can test the read-only user’s access permissions:

    # psql -U username ovirt_engine_history -h localhost
    Password for user username:
    psql (9.2.23)
    Type "help" for help.
  11. To exit the ovirt_engine_history database, enter \q.

The read-only user’s SELECT statements against tables and views in the ovirt_engine_history database succeed, while modifications fail.