Get going quickly on Linux involves installation of the software suite and starting the MonetDB daemon monetdbd . It runs in the background and facilitates, amongst others, management of local/remote servers. The daemon is controlled by the application monetdb . See their documentation for all details.
The MonetDB/SQL tutorial is based on the material published in the book J.R. Bruijn, F.S. Gaastra and I. Schaar, Dutch-Asiatic Shipping in the 17th and 18th Centuries, which gives an account of the trips made to the East and ships returned safely (or wrecked on the way). A total of 8000 records are provided. They include information about ship name and type, captain, the arrival/departure of harbors along the route, personnel accounts, and anecdotal information.
The MonetDB code is available in easy to install packages. It is possible that your system administrator already installed it, otherwise, simply select a directory/folder on your system and unpack the distribution. You don't need super-user priviliges for this.
The next step is to create a .monetdb configuration file with information to ease using the Monetdb client interface, called mclient .
shell> cat ~/.monetdb name=<yourname> password=<yourpassword> language=<SQL or MAL>
You may have to extend your PATH environment variable to find the binaries distributed with the package. Further details, such as compilation from the source, is described in detail in another section