Every run returns 'Could not finish configuring the node' #87

markbirbeck opened this Issue Mar 14, 2012 · 3 comments

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Every time I use fix I get a failure message:

FAILED: chef-solo could not finish configuring the node

I was about to give up on LittleChef when I noticed that the actual messages logged to the console implied that the configuration had been successful:

[Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:31:04 +0000] INFO: Chef Run complete in 1.217859 seconds
[Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:31:04 +0000] INFO: Running report handlers
[Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:31:04 +0000] INFO: Report handlers complete

It turns out that at the beginning of the output is a message saying that the log directory couldn't be written to:

tee: /var/log/chef/solo.log: No such file or directory

and that is the reason that a failure is being recorded -- there is no directory /var/log/chef on a fresh machine (at least not on a machine created using knife).

The path is set in littlechef.LOGFILE and one workaround would to change it to something like /var/log/chef-solo.log. Another workaround is to ensure that the directory is created in solo.py. In the imports section add:

from littlechef import LOGFILE as logging_path

and then at the point where the /etc/chef directory is created, add a couple of lines to create the directory:

 # Set up chef solo configuration
+if not exists(logging_path):
+    sudo('mkdir -p {}'.format(logging_path))
 if not exists('/etc/chef'):
     sudo('mkdir -p /etc/chef')

What distro are you using? and you installed chef by using knife. Does that always mean it is a gem install?

Usually, Chef debian packages create /var/log/chef/, which is why LittleChef never bothered to create it itself.
You probably found a distro/installation method combination that doesn't create the folder.


I'm using knife to manage the cookbooks so I thought I might as well use knife to launch the EC2 instances. I don't know if they do anything out of the ordinary when they bootstrap.

The command I use is:

knife ec2 server create \
  --groups=default \
  --region=eu-west-1 --availability-zone=eu-west-1a \
  --image=ami-895069fd --flavor=m1.medium \
  --ssh-user=ubuntu --ssh-key={AWS key} --identity-file=~/.ssh/{local key}.pem

The AMI is Ubuntu 11.10.


I think when bootstrapping they install Chef by using gems. I can imagine that gem install doesn't create the directory, but I would have assumed that after the first chef run it would be.

@tobami tobami closed this Mar 14, 2012
@bendyer bendyer added a commit to taguchimail/littlechef that referenced this issue Mar 26, 2012
@markbirbeck markbirbeck [#87] Create log directory if it doesn't exist. 8d739d7
@bendyer bendyer added a commit to taguchimail/littlechef that referenced this issue Mar 26, 2012
@markbirbeck markbirbeck [#87] Add positional argument for format() for 2.6 compatibility. 41e70b9
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