Switch branches/tags
Find file Copy path
3ee7c99 May 29, 2018
2 contributors

Users who have contributed to this file

@alexellis @johnmccabe
273 lines (184 sloc) 6.82 KB

Troubleshooting guide


Default timeouts are configured at the HTTP level and must be set both on the gateway and the function.

Note: all distributed systems need a maximum timeout value to be configured for work. This means that work cannot be unbounded.

Timeouts - Your function

You can also enforce a hard-timeout for your function with the hard_timeout environmental variable.

For watchdog configuration see the README.

The best way to set the timeout is in the YAML file generated by the faas-cli.

Example Go app that sleeps for (10 seconds):

  name: faas
  gateway: http://localhost:8080

    lang: go
    handler: ./sleepygo
    image: alexellis2/sleeps-for-10-seconds
        read_timeout: 20s
        write_timeout: 20s


package function


func Handle(req []byte) string {
	time.Sleep(time.Second * 10)
	return fmt.Sprintf("Hello, Go. You said: %s", string(req))

Timeouts - Gateway

For the gateway set the following environmental variables:

            read_timeout:  "25s"        # Maximum time to read HTTP request
            write_timeout: "25s"        # Maximum time to write HTTP response
            upstream_timeout: "20s"     # Maximum duration of upstream function call

Note: The value for upstream_timeout should be slightly less than read_timeout and write_timeout

Timeouts - Function provider

When using a gateway version older than 0.7.8 a timeout matching the gateway should be set for the faas-swarm or faas-netes controller.

read_timeout: 25s
write_timeout: 25s

Timeouts - Asynchronous invocations

For asynchronous invocations of functions a separate timeout can be configured at the queue-worker level in the ack_wait environmental variable.

If the ack_wait is exceeded the task will not be acknowledge and the queue system will retry the invocation.

Function execution logs

By default the functions will not log out the result, but just show how long the process took to run and the length of the result in bytes.

$ echo test this | faas invoke json-hook -g localhost:31112
Received JSON webook. Elements: 10

$ kubectl logs deploy/json-hook -n openfaas-fn
2018/01/28 20:47:21 Writing lock-file to: /tmp/.lock
2018/01/28 20:47:27 Forking fprocess.
2018/01/28 20:47:27 Wrote 35 Bytes - Duration: 0.001844 seconds

If you want to see the result of a function in the function's logs then deploy it with the write_debug environmental variable set to true.

For example:

  name: faas
  gateway: http://localhost:8080

    lang: go
    handler: ./json-hook
    image: json-hook
      write_debug: true

Now you'll see logs like this:

$ echo test this | faas invoke json-hook -g localhost:31112
Received JSON webook. Elements: 10

$ kubectl logs deploy/json-hook -n openfaas-fn
2018/01/28 20:50:27 Writing lock-file to: /tmp/.lock
2018/01/28 20:50:35 Forking fprocess.
2018/01/28 20:50:35 Query  
2018/01/28 20:50:35 Path  /function/json-hook
Received JSON webook. Elements: 10
2018/01/28 20:50:35 Duration: 0.001857 seconds

You can then find the logs of the function using Docker Swarm or Kubernetes as listed in the section below.


Most problems reported via GitHub or Slack stem from a configuration problem or issue with a function. Here is a checklist of things you can try before digging deeper:


  • All core services are deployed: i.e. gateway
  • Check functions are deployed and started
  • Check request isn't timing out at the gateway or the function level

CLI unresponsive - localhost vs

On certain Linux distributions the name localhost maps to an IPv6 alias meaning that the CLI may hang. In these circumstances you have two options:

  1. Use the -g or --gateway argument with

This forces IPv4.

  1. Edit the /etc/hosts file on your machine and remove the IPv6 alias for localhost.

Troubleshooting Swarm or Kubernetes

Docker Swarm

List all functions

$ docker service ls

You are looking for 1/1 for the replica count of each service listed.

Find a function's logs

$ docker service logs --tail 100 FUNCTION

Find out if a function failed to start

$ docker service ps --no-trunc=true FUNCTION

Stop and remove OpenFaaS

$ docker stack rm func

If you have additional services / functions remove the remaining ones like this:

$ docker service ls -q | xargs docker service rm

Use with caution


If you have deployed OpenFaaS to the recommended namespaces then functions are in the openfaas-fn namespace and the core services are in the openfaas namespace. The -n flag to kubectl sets the namespace to look at.

List OpenFaaS services

$ kubectl get deploy -n openfaas

List all functions

$ kubectl get deploy -n openfaas-fn

Find a function's logs

$ kubectl logs -n openfaas-fn deploy/FUNCTION_NAME

Find out if a function failed to start

$ kubectl describe -n openfaas-fn deploy/FUNCTION_NAME

Remove the OpenFaaS deployment

From within the faas-netes folder:

$ kubectl delete -f namespaces.yml,./yaml/


Debug your function without deploying it

Here's an example of how you can deploy a function without using an orchestrator and the API gateeway. It is especially useful for testing:

$ docker run --name debug-alpine \
  -p 8081:8080 -ti functions/alpine:latest sh
# fprocess=date fwatchdog &

Now you can access the function with one of the supported HTTP methods such as GET/POST etc:

$ curl -4 localhost:8081

Edit your function without rebuilding it

You can bind-mount code straight into your function and work with it locally, until you are ready to re-build. This is a common flow with containers, but should be used sparingly.

Within the CLI directory for instance:

Build the samples:

$ git clone && \
  cd faas-cli
$ faas-cli -action build -f ./samples.yml

Now work with the Python-hello sample, with the code mounted live:

$ docker run -v `pwd`/sample/url-ping/:/root/function/ \
  --name debug-alpine -p 8081:8080 -ti alexellis/faas-url-ping sh
$ touch ./function/
# fwatchdog

Now you can start editing the code in the sample/url-ping folder and it will reload live for every request.

$ curl localhost:8081 -d ""
Handle this -> => 200

Now you can edit and you'll see the change immediately:

$ echo "def handle(req):" > sample/url-ping/
$ echo '    print("Nothing to see here")' >> sample/url-ping/
$ curl localhost:8081 -d ""
Nothing to see here