No startable FOG processes and empty DB backups after FOG upgrade

  • Server
    • FOG Version: 1.3.0-RC-18 (svn5991)
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS (running as a VMware guest)
    • Service Version: NA
    • OS: NA

    I am attempting to upgrade my FOG server beyond its current RC-18 (to RC-22). While the script appears to run and complete as it normally does, it has resulted in two odd problems.

    First, it is no longer possible to start any processes for the five FOG services (FOGSnapinReplicator, FOGScheduler, FOGMulticastManager, FOGImageReplicator, FOGPingHosts). The processes can not be started from either 1) running the script, 2) rebooting the OS, or 3) manual attempts to stop/start or restart the services via cli (the listing below would also show the FOG processes if they were running).

    root@FogU1404T01:~# ps -ef | grep php
    root      15633      1  0 15:03 ?        00:00:00 php-fpm: master process (/etc/php5/fpm/php-fpm.conf)                    
    www-data  15636  15633  0 15:03 ?        00:00:00 php-fpm: pool www
    www-data  15637  15633  0 15:03 ?        00:00:00 php-fpm: pool www
    root      19272  19258  0 15:38 pts/14   00:00:00 grep --color=auto php

    Second, I have my fogsettings config file set to enable automated DB backups during FOG upgrades. This has been working fine for many months. However, the upgrade to 1.3.0-RC-22 produces an empty (zero byte) file for the automated DB backup. I can successfully create a good DB backup manually from the cli both before and after the step which updates the DB schema. This second issue is less of a concern since I know I can work around it manually as needed. So my main focus is on the first issue.

    I have attached the three files from FOG installer/updater …/bin/error_logs folder.
    The foginstall.log shows that the script appears to have run normally.

    But the presence of fog_err_1.3.0-RC-22.log is new to me (I haven’t seen it prior to RC-13).
    In particular, that log contains:

    Considering dependency proxy for proxy_fcgi:
    Module proxy already enabled
    Module proxy_fcgi already enabled
    Module setenvif already enabled
    ERROR: Module php5-fpm does not exist!

    Here is the file fog_error_1.3.0-RC-22.log.
    In particular, the tail of that log ends with:

     * Starting FOG Computer Imaging Solution: FOGMulticastManager
     * Starting FOG Computer Imaging Solution: FOGImageReplicator
     * Starting FOG Computer Imaging Solution: FOGSnapinReplicator
     * Starting FOG Computer Imaging Solution: FOGScheduler
     * Starting FOG Computer Imaging Solution: FOGPingHosts
     * Stopping NFS kernel daemon
     * Unexporting directories for NFS kernel daemon...
     * Exporting directories for NFS kernel daemon...
     * Starting NFS kernel daemon
    chmod: cannot access ‘/var/log/php*fpm’: No such file or directory

    It appears that there may be a problem with the script trying to modify non-existent log files. The relevant contents of the /var/log directory listing shows the following (Which would seem to explain the chmod failure above - “No such file or directory”. Perhaps correctable by changing to /var/log/php*fpm* or /var/log/php*fpm.log ?):

    -rw-r-----  1 mysql             adm         20 Oct 24 15:12 mysql.log.7.gz
    -rw-------  1 root              root         0 Nov 11 15:06 php5-fpm.log
    -rw-------  1 root              root       388 Nov 11 15:03 php5-fpm.log.1
    -rw-------  1 root              root       111 Sep  6 06:36 php5-fpm.log.10.gz
    -rw-------  1 root              root       146 Aug 31 06:45 php5-fpm.log.11.gz
    -rw-------  1 root              root       124 Aug 23 06:56 php5-fpm.log.12.gz
    -rw-------  1 root              root       248 Nov  1 06:45 php5-fpm.log.2.gz
    -rw-------  1 root              root       137 Oct 23 14:41 php5-fpm.log.3.gz
    -rw-------  1 root              root       153 Oct 18 06:38 php5-fpm.log.4.gz
    -rw-------  1 root              root       166 Oct  9 17:01 php5-fpm.log.5.gz
    -rw-------  1 root              root       131 Oct  3 15:18 php5-fpm.log.6.gz
    -rw-------  1 root              root       111 Sep 29 06:38 php5-fpm.log.7.gz
    -rw-------  1 root              root       134 Sep 21 06:34 php5-fpm.log.8.gz
    -rw-------  1 root              root       123 Sep 13 06:49 php5-fpm.log.9.gz
    -rw-r--r--  1 root              root     10005 Nov 11 14:28 pm-powersave.log

    From what I can see, everything seems to point to php5-fpm (the PHP FastCGI Process Manager) as the potential cause of the problem. It doesn’t matter whether I try the FOG upgrade from a fully updated OS or not, or whether I try it from a snapshot prior to when I first see the fog_err_1.3.0-RC-22.log (going back to RC-13). The FOG upgrade always results in the same two problems of no startable FOG processes and an empty automated DB backup file.

    So for now, I am unable to upgrade FOG. And I am stuck functioning at 1.3.0-RC-18 which I am able to get back to using VMware snapshots. I’m hoping that the info I’ve provided can help identify a solution. And I appreciate any insight and assistance in finding one.

  • Senior Developer

    @utopia There is some variants in what’s going on for SQL backup. While the version that “automatically” creates a new backup is slightly larger, this is mostly just comments.

    I’ve seen some strange things in regards to Ubuntu in the past. The unfortunate part is that not all systems are the same. What you experienced does not mean everybody experiences. The only other thing I can think is ondrej changed how the repo is used relatively recently. Of note, php5-fpm is no longer proper, it’s supposed to be php5.6-fpm as described earlier in the posting. I’ve added this change for the working branch now so hopefully this will no longer be an issue.

    I don’t know what php5 items are still lingering, but I’d imagine you could remove them with aptitude just as well?

  • @Tom-Elliott “apt-get install apache2 -f” fails. However, aptitude was able to untangle the dependency trees. For your reference, the attached file shows a rough summary of the steps I took to sort it out.

    Based upon the new php 7.0, I was able to successfully upgrade FOG from RC-18 to RC-22. This gave me running FOG processes and a functional GUI with the new apache2. Then, to test it out further, I upgraded again from RC-22 to RC-23. That successfully showed that I once again get automated DB backup files created during the FOG upgrade process which now do contain data (no longer zero byte size files). There are still some stray php5 processes which try to start and get killed during server bootup - which I will look into cleaning up. And I will be monitoring this server a bit more closely over the next few upgrades to make sure it remains stable.

    I do have a final related follow-up question. As the end of the attached file shows, the database backup files have different sizes depending upon whether they are created automatically during the FOG upgrade or created manually via the command line, such as “mysqldump --allow-keywords -x -v fog > fogbackup.sql”. I assume that both types of DB backup are equally useful for restoring or transferring the DB to either the same or a different FOG server - assuming of course that the target server is running the proper FOG version to match the DB backup file. Would that be a correct assumption that either method of creating the DB backup files is equally useful for restore or transfer?

    Lastly, I most certainly do THANK YOU for your insight in helping sort this out. Your assistance is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!

  • Senior Developer

    @utopia I suppose you could do the manual installation of apache.

    Or it just failed out because of the warning (the /var/www/html issue).

    If you need to test it, I suppose you could do:

    apt-get install apache2 -f
    service apache2 start
    service apache2 stop

  • root@FogU1404T01:~# rm -rf /etc/apache*; apt-get purge apache2
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
      libntdb1 python-ntdb
    Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
    The following packages will be REMOVED:
      apache2* libapache2-mod-php5*
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 to remove and 3 not upgraded.
    After this operation, 10.2 MB disk space will be freed.
    Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
    (Reading database ... 173250 files and directories currently installed.)
    Removing libapache2-mod-php5 ( ...
    apache2_invoke php5 prerm: No action required
    Purging configuration files for libapache2-mod-php5 ( ...
    apache2_invoke php5 postrm: No action required
    Removing apache2 ( ...
    /etc/init.d/apache2: 64: .: Can't open /etc/apache2/envvars
    /etc/init.d/apache2: 76: .: Can't open /etc/apache2/envvars
    ERROR: APACHE_PID_FILE needs to be defined in /etc/apache2/envvars
    invoke-rc.d: initscript apache2, action "stop" failed.
    Purging configuration files for apache2 ( ...
    dpkg: warning: while removing apache2, directory '/var/www/html' not empty so not removed
    Processing triggers for man-db ( ...

    Then reran script

     * Adding needed repository....................................OK
     * Preparing Package Manager...................................OK
     * Packages to be installed:
    apache2 bc build-essential cpp curl g++ gawk gcc gzip htmldoc lftp libapache2-mod-php7.0 libc6 libcurl3 m4 mysql-client mysql-server net-tools nfs-kernel-server openssh-server php7.0 php7.0-bcmath php7.0-cli php7.0-curl php7.0-fpm php7.0-gd php7.0-json php7.0-ldap php7.0-mbstring php7.0-mcrypt php7.0-mysqlnd php-gettext sysv-rc-conf tar tftpd-hpa tftp-hpa vsftpd wget xinetd zlib1g 
     * Installing package: apache2.................................Failed!

    I assumed that I would touch the envvars file after the apache2 package was reinstalled, then run the installer again after that if necessary. But since the package installation fails, I can’t get that far. Do you want the two log files from this?

  • Senior Developer

    @Tom-Elliott I suppose because it’s stopping this is the issue.

    Maybe try:

    touch /etc/apache2/envvars

  • Senior Developer

    @utopia Try:

    rm -rf /etc/apache*; apt-get purge apache2

    Then rerun installer.

  • root@FogU1404T01:~# a2dismod envvars
    ERROR: Module envvars does not exist!

  • Senior Developer

    @utopia can you run:
    a2dismod envvars

  • @Tom-Elliott Rerunning the installer fails with the same results as before. Restoring the snapshot and trying the steps again after killing the three old php5 running processes also fails with the same results. Here are the logs from the last attempt with no php5 processes running.

    As with the other attempts, the directory /etc/apache2 only contains the subdirectories conf-available and mods-available. /etc/apache2/envvars does not exist.

  • After rebooting the server I now have the FOG processes and the new php7 processes running as shown here.

    root@FogU1404T01:~# ps -ef | grep php
    root       1146      1  0 10:59 ?        00:00:00 php-fpm: master process (/etc/php/7.0/fpm/php-fpm.conf)
    www-data   1557   1146  0 10:59 ?        00:00:00 php-fpm: pool www
    www-data   1558   1146  0 10:59 ?        00:00:00 php-fpm: pool www
    root       1576      1  0 10:59 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/php -q /opt/fog/service/FOGSnapinReplicator/FOGSnapinReplicator
    root       1600      1  0 10:59 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/php -q /opt/fog/service/FOGTaskScheduler/FOGTaskScheduler
    root       1623      1  0 10:59 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/php -q /opt/fog/service/FOGMulticastManager/FOGMulticastManager
    root       1646      1  0 10:59 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/php -q /opt/fog/service/FOGImageReplicator/FOGImageReplicator
    root       1670      1  0 10:59 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/php -q /opt/fog/service/FOGPingHosts/FOGPingHosts
    root       2167   1600  0 10:59 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/php -q /opt/fog/service/FOGTaskScheduler/FOGTaskScheduler
    root       2168   1646  0 10:59 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/php -q /opt/fog/service/FOGImageReplicator/FOGImageReplicator
    root       2169   1670  0 10:59 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/php -q /opt/fog/service/FOGPingHosts/FOGPingHosts
    root       2170   1576  0 10:59 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/php -q /opt/fog/service/FOGSnapinReplicator/FOGSnapinReplicator
    root       2171   1623  0 10:59 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/php -q /opt/fog/service/FOGMulticastManager/FOGMulticastManager
    root       3570   3526  0 11:01 pts/4    00:00:00 grep --color=auto php

    But I don’t have any web GUI, obviously since the script never completed. So I’m going to first try rerunning the installer. And if that doesn’t work, I’ll restore my snapshot and try the steps again - this time making sure I don’t have any old php5 processes running.

  • @Tom-Elliott OK, this is pretty much what I was expecting. So I’ve tried those steps and it looks good up until the point where fails at “Stopping web service”. Here is the foginstall.log which ends with:

    * Setting up fog user.........................................Already setup
    * Setting up fog password.....................................OK
    * Stopping FOGMulticastManager Service........................OK
    * Stopping FOGImageReplicator Service.........................OK
    * Stopping FOGSnapinReplicator Service........................OK
    * Stopping FOGScheduler Service...............................OK
    * Stopping FOGPingHosts Service...............................OK
    * Setting up and starting MySQL...............................OK
    * Backing up user reports.....................................Done
    * Stopping web service........................................Failed!

    Here is the fog_error_1.3.0-RC-22.log which ends with:

    * Stopping FOG Computer Imaging Solution: FOGScheduler
    * Stopping FOG Computer Imaging Solution: FOGPingHosts
    mysql stop/waiting
    mysql start/running, process 25774
    /etc/init.d/apache2: 64: .: Can't open /etc/apache2/envvars
    /etc/init.d/apache2: 76: .: Can't open /etc/apache2/envvars
    ERROR: APACHE_PID_FILE needs to be defined in /etc/apache2/envvars

    /etc/apache2/envvars does not exist. Here is a listing of the /etc/apache2 directory:

    root@FogU1404T01:/etc/apache2# lsa
    total 24
    drwxr-xr-x   4 root root  4096 Nov 13 09:53 .
    drwxr-xr-x 141 root root 12288 Nov 13 10:04 ..
    drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Nov 13 09:54 conf-available
    drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Nov 13 09:51 mods-available

    I think this may be caused by old php5 processes still running as shown here:

    root@FogU1404T01:~# ps -ef | grep php
    root       1717      1  0 09:26 ?        00:00:00 php-fpm: master process (/etc/php5/fpm/php-fpm.conf)
    www-data   1719   1717  0 09:26 ?        00:00:00 php-fpm: pool www
    www-data   1720   1717  0 09:26 ?        00:00:00 php-fpm: pool www
    root      25547      1  0 10:04 ?        00:00:00 php-fpm: master process (/etc/php/7.0/fpm/php-fpm.conf)
    www-data  25550  25547  0 10:04 ?        00:00:00 php-fpm: pool www
    www-data  25551  25547  0 10:04 ?        00:00:00 php-fpm: pool www
    root      26194   3422  0 10:28 pts/4    00:00:00 grep --color=auto php

    I could restore my snapshot and try again after making sure there are no php5 processes running. What do you think?

  • Senior Developer

    Please try these steps:

    Edit the /opt/fog/.fogsettings file and remove the packages line.

    Edit the php_ver and php_verAdds lines to read as:


    Remove the apache and php items from your installation:

    rm -rf /etc/{php,apache}*
    apt-get purge php5* libapache*php* apache*

    Rerun the fog installer.

    This should take a bit longer than you’re likely used to, but it should also make things MUCH easier for you.

  • Senior Developer

  • Senior Developer

    @Wayne-Workman ondrej changed put the repo so it is looking for php5.6-fpm

  • Moderator

    Have you tried installing php5-fpm ?

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