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Telepresence package on Fedora includes conntrack but does not look for it in the right place #278

plombardi89 opened this issue Aug 30, 2017 · 6 comments


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@plombardi89 plombardi89 commented Aug 30, 2017

What were you trying to do?

Upgraded Telepresence to 0.65-1 and then ran telepresence --run-shell

What did you expect to happen?

Telepresence would start a shell.

What happened instead?

plombardi@palwork ~/w/k7t-be> telepresence --run-shell
Please install conntrack
See the documentation at for more details.


I'm not sure what conntrack is or how to install it. I went to as instructed and the install instructions for Fedora 25 do not indicate I need to do anything differently or install any 3rd party software.

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@plombardi89 plombardi89 commented Aug 30, 2017

So... I went to install conntrack and low and behold I already have it.

plombardi@palwork ~/w/k7t-be> sudo -s dnf install conntrack
Package conntrack-tools-1.4.3-1.fc25.x86_64 is already installed, skipping.
Dependencies resolved.
Nothing to do.

So it appears this is a bug in Telepresence.

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@rhs rhs commented Aug 30, 2017

FWIW, this worked for me on fedora 25 with exactly the same version of conntrack-tools that you have.

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@rhs rhs commented Aug 30, 2017

For the record, @plombardi89 and I did a little out of band environment comparisons. It looks like the critical difference in this case is that /usr/sbin is in my path, but it is not in @plombardi89's path, and this is where conntrack lives.

A possible fix for this would be for telepresence to append /usr/sbin to the path that it uses to search for conntrack. This would allow users to override paths if they wanted a specific conntrack to be used, but would not break if /usr/sbin is not in the users path.

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@ark3 ark3 commented Aug 31, 2017

I added a bit more clarity in 2670fbf. Now Telepresence will tell you something like

(Ran "which conntrack" to check in your $PATH.)

if that check fails. Checking extra locations is also an option, but I think the main problem here was that Telepresence did not report what it was really trying to do that failed. What do you think @plombardi89 @rhs?

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@itamarst itamarst commented Sep 3, 2017

  1. Telepresence needs conntrack on newer Fedora. If it's not available, e.g. because /usr/sbin isn't in $PATH, by default, that's a bug.
  2. Given Telepresence is packaged for Fedora specifically, it's a supported platform, it's legit and desirable to add /usr/sbin to $PATH so it works on Fedora.
  3. The checks for existence are mainly a debugging use case at this point, given we have packaging (originally people needed to install stuff manually). That is, a failure indicates either a bug in Telepresence or a really messed up environment. In this case it's the former. So one could argue that any of these warnings should automatically come with a "please file a bug" prompt.
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@plombardi89 plombardi89 commented Mar 23, 2018

Just hit this again :(

@ark3 ark3 changed the title Telepresence tells me to install conntrack but isn't very helpful Telepresence package on Fedora includes conntrack but does not look for it in the right place Mar 23, 2018
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Make various remaining items testable.
Adds an explicit sudo warning to partly address #262.
Addresses the isatty item from #572.
Fixes #278.
Fixes #306.
In service of #628.
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