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chef-automate CLI Errors

Error: Unable to make a request to the deployment-service

The chef-automate CLI emits this error when the CLI is unable to communicate with a Chef Automate deployment. In particular, when Chef Automate 2 (as distinct from Chef Automate 1) is not deployed, running chef-automate CLI commands such as version or status causes this error.

File exists (os error 17)

It’s possible for the following error to be emitted when deploying Chef Automate:

DeploymentServiceCallError: A request to the deployment-service failed: Request to configure deployment failed: rpc error: code = Unknown desc = failed to binlink command "chef-automate" in pkg "chef/automate-cli/0.1.0/20181212085335" - hab output: >> Binlinking chef-automate from chef/automate-cli/0.1.0/20181212085335 into /bin
xxx File exists (os error 17)
: exit status 1

This problem can be fixed by removing the chef-automate binary from the /bin directory. The binary should not be placed in the PATH manually as the deployment process will do it.

Compliance Report Display

If the size of a Compliance Report is over 4MB, then the Reports page (Compliance > Reports) may not display as expected. Audit Cookbook 9.4.0 and later supports some attribute options that trims a report to its smallest size when combined with latest Chef Automate version. Contact Chef Support to determine the best way to manage your Compliance Report size.

Low Disk Space

Chef Automate emits a warning when the available disk space on the system drops below 1 GB, for example:

es-sidecar-service.default(O): time="2018-05-16T00:07:16Z" level=error msg="Disk free below critical threshold" avail_bytes=43368448 host= mount="/ (overlay)" threshold_bytes=536870912 total_bytes=31361703936

Recovering from Low Disk Conditions

Chef Automate disables disk writes if available disk space drops below 250 MB and logs a message similar to:

ingest-service.default(O): time="2018-05-16T00:10:09Z" level=error msg="Message failure" error="rpc error: code = Internal desc = elastic: Error 403 (Forbidden): blocked by: [FORBIDDEN/12/index read-only / allow delete (api)]; [type=cluster_block_exception] elastic: Error 403 (Forbidden): blocked by: [FORBIDDEN/12/index read-only / allow delete (api)]; [type=cluster_block_exception]"

After freeing up disk space, you will need to remove the write block on the Elasticsearch indices by running:

curl -X PUT "localhost:10141/_all/_settings" -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -d'
  "index.blocks.read_only_allow_delete": null

To confirm that you’ve successfully removed the blocks, run:

curl 'localhost:10141/_all/_settings'

Verify that the output does not contain "blocks":{"read_only_allow_delete":"true"}.

Uninstalling Chef Automate

The following procedure will remove Chef Automate from your system, including all data. If you wish to preserve the data, make a backup before uninstalling.

With the chef-automate CLI:

chef-automate uninstall

Resetting the Admin Password

Use the following command to completely reset a lost, forgotten, or compromised admin password:

chef-automate iam admin-access restore NEW_PASSWORD

This command causes Automate to inspect your A2 IAM resource and initiates a series of steps for applying the new password to the “admin” user–in effect reconstituting the admin–and connecting it with full administrative permissions.

The process Automate follows for resetting the admin password may include: recreating the user record, recreating the “admins” local team, and recreating the default policy that grants access to all resources for the newly reconstituted local admin team.

To see what exactly will happen in your system, pass --dry-run:

chef-automate iam admin-access restore NEW_PASSWORD --dry-run

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