[Spacewalk-list] Problem installing Spacewalk on CentOS7 (Brand new install)

Bruce Wainer bruce at brucewainer.com
Mon Dec 11 01:20:46 UTC 2017

Sorry to double-post, but I just realized, shouldn't spacewalk-setup be
checking that the hostname is all-lowercase, at the same time that it
checks that it is a valid FQDN? I know that I definitely didn't get any
warnings about CASE when running it, and I set it up at least twice from
scratch. Should I submit a bug report requesting this?

Bruce Wainer

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 8:17 PM, Bruce Wainer <bruce at brucewainer.com> wrote:

> After leaving this be a few months I returned to the issue. I found the
> cause to be that my hostname had capitalized letters in it. Renaming the
> host with all lowercase and running the spacewalk-hostname-rename script
> resolved the issue. Apparently, the Satellite 5.8 Installation Guide (
> https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_
> satellite/5.8/html-single/installation_guide/index Section 2.4.8) has a
> note that saying not to do this as it would cause problems between jabberd
> and OSAD (exactly what I was seeing) but this warning is NOT present in the
> up-to-date install guide for Spacewalk ( https://github.com/
> spacewalkproject/spacewalk/wiki/HowToInstall ). I think that needs to be
> fixed.
> Here is the bug report that tipped me off to this issue:
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=528145
> I've never used github aside from downloading releases and contributing to
> bug reports, so I don't know how to edit the wiki myself (looks like I have
> to make a clone/fork of it, and then a pull request with my changed
> version?) If someone wouldn't mind adding a note about using all-lower-case
> hostnames, maybe copied directly from the Satellite Install Guide, I think
> that would help future users. Nothing in the outputs of jabberd-c2s or osad
> help point to this being an issue, you just get errors like "no host
> available for requested domain", "SASL callback for non-existing host", and
> "bind.c:38 not auth'd, offering auth and register".
> Hope this helps someone (maybe a future person searching for a solution to
> this issue),
> Bruce
> Bruce Wainer
> On Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 1:56 AM, Bruce Wainer <bruce at brucewainer.com>
> wrote:
>> Robert,
>> I beg to differ. I have looked that up, and that string appears in every
>> single error that osa-dispatcher throws. It appears to be an incorrectly
>> written exception handling code, that causes its own exception. It always
>> appears right after "('Error caught:',)" which was clearly intended to
>> print out a particular error message, but instead fails and causes another
>> exception. See:
>> https://www.redhat.com/archives/spacewalk-list/2016-June/msg00021.html
>> https://www.redhat.com/archives/spacewalk-list/2016-Septembe
>> r/msg00003.html
>> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1336426 (this isn't a bug
>> for this issue, just one that has a log that shows this activity)
>> http://spacewalk-list.redhat.narkive.com/k0ly5UDb/error-conn
>> ecting-to-jabber
>> These are all cases where different osa-dispatcher errors all are
>> followed by
>> ('Error caught:',)
>> ERROR: unhandled exception occurred: (unicode argument expected, got
>> 'str')
>> So I have to conclude that this particular message is not the cause of my
>> problem. And even if it were, I don't see any way I could have caused or
>> fix this error. My hostname doesn't have unicode in it, and expecting
>> unicode in a hostname would be very silly (allowing unicode in a hostname
>> might be ok, but not requiring it). The fact that there is an unhandled
>> exception at all means that there is a bug in the code, but I'm 99% sure
>> that is in the Error-handling code and not something that is functional to
>> the program. If you really think this is the problem that is affecting me,
>> please provide some help as to fixing it, as Google brings up nothing.
>> Bruce Wainer
>> On Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 1:22 AM, Robert Paschedag <
>> robert.paschedag at web.de> wrote:
>>> Jun 27 16:59:05 NETMAN osa-dispatcher: ERROR: unhandled exception
>>> occurred: (unicode argument expected, got 'str').
>>> That's your reason.
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