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Puppet agent not logging

asked 2016-09-16 06:45:56 -0500

Edely gravatar image

updated 2016-09-21 07:36:13 -0500

I have been running puppet master and agent in a same node. While master works correctly, it seems the agent is not logging. I checked the /var/log/puppet folder and rsyslog, but they have nothing about the agent. I am using the following configuration:

[main]    
logdir=/var/log/puppet
vardir=/var/lib/puppet
ssldir=/var/lib/puppet/ssl
rundir=/var/run/puppet
factpath=$vardir/lib/facter
prerun_command=/etc/puppet/etckeeper-commit-pre
postrun_command=/etc/puppet/etckeeper-commit-post
server=name_of_the_server

[master]

# These are needed when the puppetmaster is run by passenger
# and can safely be removed if webrick is used.
ssl_client_header = SSL_CLIENT_S_DN
ssl_client_verify_header = SSL_CLIENT_VERIFY

I have other nodes with only the agent that are logging correctly. Any ideas of what could be causing this? Thanks in advance!

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I was thinking that if there is a way to debug the puppet run , I could trace the steps it takes and then compare with the nodes that are logging and then search where they differ. So I started to run puppet agent -t --noop --verbose --debug, but couldn't find anything useful.

Edely gravatar imageEdely ( 2016-09-21 07:42:39 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-09-23 09:21:45 -0500

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So, I decided to use journalctl to retrieve the logs. They were already available there. All I had to do was grep it:

journalctl | grep puppet

Just one observation: journalctl is non-persistant, which means it throws away the logs at every boot, so if you want to keep your logs you have to change this behaviour.

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