Bug 1312495 - systemd: misleading error messages on pid file problems
systemd: misleading error messages on pid file problems
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: systemd (Show other bugs)
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Reported: 2016-02-26 17:08 EST by Robbie Harwood
Modified: 2016-12-20 14:03 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2016-12-20 14:03:25 EST
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Description Robbie Harwood 2016-02-26 17:08:56 EST
Debugging an unrelated failure, I was looking at my VM's journal and saw the following:

Feb 26 16:24:45 freeipa.rharwood.biz systemd[1]: Starting Kerberos 5 KDC...
Feb 26 16:24:45 freeipa.rharwood.biz systemd[1]: krb5kdc.service: PID file /var/run/krb5kdc.pid not readable (yet?) after start: No such file or directory

Reading that message in the absence of context, I assumed that what had happened was that systemd had encountered some fatal problem in trying to do a manipulation of what would become the pidfile, and that this had caused the service to fail to start.

Reading through source suggests that this is not the intent of the message:
Instead, it appears to me that the intent is to warn the user of a slow service.

It would be good, I think, to change this message (and the others in service_load_pid_file()) to be more useful to a user unfamiliar with systemd's inner workings.  This would enable those users (like me!) to more effectively debug service failures (i.e., without having to sourcedive to figure out that the message about a pid file is not a cause but rather a symptom).

Comment 1 Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek 2016-02-27 16:31:48 EST
When the child that systemd forked exits, the service should be up an running and the pidfile written (that's how synchronization in the daemonization protocol works). The error means that  pidfile is not present at the expected time, and signifies an error in the daemon (or the service file). Reassigning to the daemon.

Please provide the version of krb5-server and systemd you are using.
Comment 2 Robbie Harwood 2016-02-29 11:10:09 EST
Perhaps I was not sufficiently clear earlier.  As stated in my original report, I am requesting that the message logged be changed, not reporting a bug in my own package.
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