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process.absent UnicodeDecodeError #50829

ghost opened this issue Dec 12, 2018 · 2 comments


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commented Dec 12, 2018

process.absent state throws a UnicodeDecodeError if cmdline for any process on the target minion contains unicode characters



create process with cmdline containing unicode character:
    - name: sleep 5 && echo 程序缺陷导致公司的计算机系统崩溃
    - bg: True
kill some other process:
    - name: something else unrelated to the above process

Steps to Reproduce Issue

[root@master /srv/salt]# salt 'someminion' state.apply unicode
          ID: create process with cmdline containing unicode character
        Name: sleep 5 && echo 程序缺陷导致公司的计算机系统崩溃
      Result: True
     Comment: Command "sleep 5 && echo 程序缺陷导致公司的计算机系统崩溃" run
     Started: 21:49:52.599837
    Duration: 12.202 ms
          ID: kill process started above
    Function: process.absent
        Name: something else unrelated to the above process
      Result: False
     Comment: An exception occurred in this state: Traceback (most recent call last):
                File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/salt/", line 1913, in call
                File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/salt/", line 1898, in wrapper
                  return f(*args, **kwargs)
                File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/salt/states/", line 53, in absent
                  status = __salt__['ps.pkill'](name, user=user, full=True)
                File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/salt/modules/", line 289, in pkill
                  name_match = pattern in ' '.join(_get_proc_cmdline(proc)) if full \
              UnicodeDecodeError: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xe7 in position 16: ordinal not in range(128)
     Started: 21:49:52.614433
    Duration: 32.217 ms

Summary for someminion
Succeeded: 1 (changed=1)
Failed:    1
Total states run:     2
Total run time:  44.419 ms
ERROR: Minions returned with non-zero exit code
[root@master /srv/salt]#

Versions Report

master and minion are running identical versions.

[root@master /srv/salt]# rpm -qa | grep psutil
Salt Version:
           Salt: 2018.3.3
Dependency Versions:
           cffi: 1.6.0
       cherrypy: Not Installed
       dateutil: 1.5
      docker-py: Not Installed
          gitdb: Not Installed
      gitpython: Not Installed
          ioflo: Not Installed
         Jinja2: 2.7.2
        libgit2: 0.26.3
        libnacl: Not Installed
       M2Crypto: 0.28.2
           Mako: Not Installed
   msgpack-pure: Not Installed
 msgpack-python: 0.5.6
   mysql-python: 1.2.5
      pycparser: 2.14
       pycrypto: 2.6.1
   pycryptodome: Not Installed
         pygit2: 0.26.4
         Python: 2.7.5 (default, Oct 30 2018, 23:45:53)
   python-gnupg: Not Installed
         PyYAML: 3.11
          PyZMQ: 15.3.0
           RAET: Not Installed
          smmap: Not Installed
        timelib: Not Installed
        Tornado: 4.2.1
            ZMQ: 4.1.4
System Versions:
           dist: centos 7.6.1810 Core
         locale: UTF-8
        machine: x86_64
        release: 3.10.0-957.1.3.el7.x86_64
         system: Linux
        version: CentOS Linux 7.6.1810 Core

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commented Dec 12, 2018

looks like i'm able to replicate this on both 2018.3.3 and the head of 2018.3

Here is a docker container to quickly replicate the issue:

docker run -it -v ~/git/salt:/testing/ ch3ll/issues:50829 bash -c "salt-call --local state.sls test"

ping @terminalmage mind taking a look here?


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commented Dec 12, 2018

Fixed in #50839.

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