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Error: Could not send report: Error 400 on SERVER: fork is not available on this platform

asked 2014-12-22 15:43:08 -0500

RobN gravatar image

I have recently just re installed the new version of puppet enterprise (3.7.0), and I noticed I was not receiving any reports from the master. When I ran a puppet agent -t on the master I received this error:

Error: Could not send report: Error 400 on SERVER: fork is not available on this platform

There is no Cent OS package called "fork", and I am not sure how to resolve.

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This error indicates that jruby does not support fork (, but the question is why are you encountering this problem. Do you have the same problem on a fresh install vs. a reinstall?

GregLarkin gravatar imageGregLarkin ( 2014-12-23 00:34:37 -0500 )edit

I only did a fresh install as we completely wiped out the master and started from scratch. I said re-install above, but really it was a fresh install of both OS CentOS 6.6 and pe 3.7.0. I know very little about ruby or rails, but thanks for the tip I will search for that package to install.

RobN gravatar imageRobN ( 2014-12-23 07:22:25 -0500 )edit

Which report processor(s) do you have configured on the master? Can you post the entire error message + stacktrace from /var/log/pe-puppetserver/puppetserver.log ? Are you, by any chance, using tagmail?

Kevin Corcoran gravatar imageKevin Corcoran ( 2014-12-23 10:19:21 -0500 )edit

PE should install all necessary packages, including ruby, etc, and they are named "pe-...". That's done so we don't stomp on other packages you might have installed (httpd, ruby, etc). Please run "puppet agent -t --debug --trace" and post a link to a pastebin of the output for further debugging.

GregLarkin gravatar imageGregLarkin ( 2014-12-23 12:24:10 -0500 )edit

RobN gravatar imageRobN ( 2014-12-23 13:00:19 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-12-23 13:41:19 -0500

Kevin Corcoran gravatar image

Tagmail no longer works in Puppet Enterprise as of version 3.7.0 - see

It will be deleted entirely from open-source Puppet in version 4.0 - see

There is a plan to create a new module for the tagmail report processor or something similar - but it was functionality that needed to move out of the core platform for the time being.

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So how do I get emailed changed reports?

RobN gravatar imageRobN ( 2014-12-26 07:28:11 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-12-23 14:20:35 -0500

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The tagmail report processor fails on puppetserver (see: ) because the fork system call is not supported in JRuby. There is a potential workaround in one of the comments in the ticket, but it will require changing some code used by Puppet.

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