- From: Geoff Meakin <
- Subject: [chef] Fixing some very annoying bugs in jetty and chef-server-webui
- Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 18:15:55 +0000
If you've ever tried to install debian chef-server from apt, you'll know
there are 2 very annoying bugs which prevent it all automatically working.
The first is it relies on the "jetty" package, which is configured to NOT
START in the debian package itself (the jetty package not the chef package).
This is how you may go about fixing that in your knife bootstrap bash/sh file:
# Fix poor .deb installation of jetty in preparation for chef-server
apt-get -y -d install jetty #
Download only (do not install)
dpkg --unpack /var/cache/apt/archives/jetty*.deb # Unpack
perl -pi -e 's/NO_START=1/NO_START=0/' /etc/default/jetty.dpkg-new # Fix
jetty not starting
apt-get -y -f install # Do the
rest of jetty startup
The second is that chef-server-webui is a broken install. There is an
unresolved bug about this - see known issues on this page : >
However I've solved the reason why as follows:
strace -f /etc/init.d/chef-server-webui 2>&1 | less reveals that "Password
must be a minimum of 6 characters" is written to file descriptor /dev/null
(why there is no log for the reason why it didnt start up)
By setting the passwords accordingly in /etc/chef/webui.rb to be more than 6
characters rather than the default admin/webui, this fixed the problem of
/etc/init.d/chef-server-webui not starting up and having to do a
/usr/sbin/chef-server-webui start first.
This could easily be fixed in the deb by the chef moderators community
otherwise I hope this helps anybody that is also frustrated by this
- [chef] Fixing some very annoying bugs in jetty and chef-server-webui, Geoff Meakin, 03/13/2012
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