Ask Your Question

mcollective Windows service no longer working

asked 2014-09-08 09:38:22 -0500

tek0011 gravatar image

updated 2014-09-08 10:35:39 -0500

We just upgraded puppet agent to 3.7.0 and now the mcollective service will no longer work in windows (*nix still working fine)


├── puppetlabs-mcollective (v2.0.0)

# Installs and manages mcollective service for windows
class windows_mcollective {

        # Copies over main mcollective files
        file { 'C:\marionette-collective':
                ensure  => present,
                source  => 'puppet:///extra_files/marionette-collective',
                recurse => true,

        # Populates facts.yaml file
        file{ 'C:\marionette-collective\etc\facts.yaml':
                loglevel => debug, # reduce noise in Puppet reports
                content  => inline_template("<%= scope.to_hash.reject { |k,v| k.to_s =~ /(uptime_seconds|timestamp|free)/ }.to_yaml %>"), # exclude rapidly changing facts
                require  =>  File['C:\marionette-collective'],

        # Runs batch file to create mcollective as a service.
        exec { 'create service':
                command     => '"C:\marionette-collective\bin\register_service.bat"',
                path        => "$::path",
                require     => File['C:\marionette-collective'],
                subscribe   => File['C:\marionette-collective'],
                refreshonly => true,
                before      => Service['mcollectived'],

                # Attempted to run only when the service did not exist. Line below does not work, but is in correct direction.
                # Without line below, will call bat file everytime mcollective files change. Results in an ignorable error.
#               onlyif      => 'C:\Windows\System32\net.exe start | C:\Windows\System32\find.exe "The Marionette Collective"',

        # Ensures that the mcollective service is running and starts at boot.
        service { 'mcollectived':
                ensure  => running,
                enable  => true,
                require => Exec['create service'],

Issue I now get with the agent:

Error: /Stage[main]/Windows_mcollective/Service[mcollectived]: Could not evaluate: uninitialized constant Win32::Service::Error
Notice: Finished catalog run in 32.65 seconds

I also notice:

'"ruby"' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file

and of course:

C:\marionette-collective\bin>net start mcollectived
The service name is invalid.

More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 2185.

Anyone have any idea what is going on?

Edit: How did it work before 3.7.0 , but now is saying ruby isnt installed?

edit retag flag offensive close merge delete


Did the ruby path change in 3.7.0?

tek0011 gravatar imagetek0011 ( 2014-09-08 12:16:12 -0500 )edit

1 Answer

Sort by » oldest newest most voted

answered 2014-09-08 12:27:48 -0500

joshc gravatar image

updated 2014-09-08 12:28:57 -0500

This is due to . We will need to update mcollective to work correctly with ffi based win32 gems.

edit flag offensive delete link more


We being me or we being you? haha - Is that a statement as in mcollective for windows will not work yet? Edit: I see. x64 changes. That being said should the x32 still work? Cause yikes, as a 3 week old Puppet user, this frightens me.

tek0011 gravatar imagetek0011 ( 2014-09-08 12:31:12 -0500 )edit

Sorry, this is an mcollective bug. I've filed it as Puppet Labs will need to update mcollective. In the meantime, you will need to downgrade to puppet 3.6.2.

joshc gravatar imagejoshc ( 2014-09-08 12:52:33 -0500 )edit

Thanks joshc

tek0011 gravatar imagetek0011 ( 2014-09-08 13:05:49 -0500 )edit

@tek001 could you add some detail to for me; I'd like to know your output from `ruby -v` and `gem list`. As this seems to be a bug I'd like to keep all the interactions over in JIRA until we have a fix.

richardc gravatar imagerichardc ( 2014-09-09 08:03:55 -0500 )edit

@joshc - Done.

tek0011 gravatar imagetek0011 ( 2014-09-09 13:52:32 -0500 )edit

Your Answer

Please start posting anonymously - your entry will be published after you log in or create a new account.

Add Answer

Question Tools

1 follower


Asked: 2014-09-08 09:38:22 -0500

Seen: 500 times

Last updated: Sep 08 '14