Bug 1623277 - katello-host-tools triggers package profile update at install-time, potentially causing issues at scale.
Summary: katello-host-tools triggers package profile update at install-time, potential...
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Satellite 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: katello-agent
Version: 6.4
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
medium vote
Target Milestone: Released
Assignee: Justin Sherrill
QA Contact: Jan Hutař
Depends On:
Blocks: 1619394
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2018-08-28 21:29 UTC by Dylan Gross
Modified: 2019-10-07 17:18 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2019-05-14 12:37:48 UTC

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System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2019:1222 None None None 2019-05-14 12:37:57 UTC
Foreman Issue Tracker 25181 None None None 2018-10-11 16:34:05 UTC

Description Dylan Gross 2018-08-28 21:29:55 UTC
Description of problem:

   The katello-host-tools has a script in the RPM that triggers a "katello-package-upload" and a "katello-enabled-repos-upload" when the RPM is installed (or uninstalled).

   # rpm -q katello-host-tools --scripts
    posttrans scriptlet (using /bin/sh):
    katello-package-upload 2> /dev/null
    katello-enabled-repos-upload 2> /dev/null
    exit 0

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Install katello-host-tools rpm on a large number of Content Hosts

Actual results:

   All Content Hosts will begin uploading package profiles immediately.

Expected results:

   Do not upload package and repo information from plugin until done so by yum or rhsmd.

Additional info:

   I would suspect the RPM install script is there to generate an initial state, as future rhsmd uploads and yum plugin uploads only act when they detect a change.   However, if an initial flag can be set to indicate that it's never uploaded, that could potentially be used as a determination whether the initial state has ever been uploaded to the Satellite/portal.

  The downside in large environments is that an install/upgrade of all the clients can potentially render the Satellite unavailable as it doesn't benefit from any of the random variation introduced by subscription-manager's splay, or the normal stagger of yum activity in the environment.  Instead, it is immediate and overwhelming.

Comment 5 Justin Sherrill 2018-09-07 01:36:15 UTC

If we only did it on initial installation, would that improve the situation sufficiently?  


Comment 16 pm-sat@redhat.com 2018-10-17 04:02:48 UTC
Moving this bug to POST for triage into Satellite 6 since the upstream issue https://projects.theforeman.org/issues/25181 has been resolved.

Comment 17 Justin Sherrill 2018-10-22 17:53:57 UTC
A fix for this is now available in the upstream foreman client repos: http://koji.katello.org/releases/yum/foreman-client-nightly/

It would be great if these could be tested.  This new version (3.3.6) will now honor the configuration in the yum plugin config files /etc/yum/plugins.d/ (even on sles systems).  

In addition two environment variables (DISABLE_KATELLO_PACKAGE_PROFILE and DISABLE_KATELLO_ENABLED_REPOS) can be used to disable one command or zypper action.  

For the executable commands (katello-package-upload and katello-enabled-repos-upload), the --force flag will bypass the yum config and any environment variables and force the upload.

Comment 23 errata-xmlrpc 2019-05-14 12:37:48 UTC
Since the problem described in this bug report should be
resolved in a recent advisory, it has been closed with a
resolution of ERRATA.

For information on the advisory, and where to find the updated
files, follow the link below.

If the solution does not work for you, open a new bug report.


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