Bug 1650334 - broctl does not start
Summary: broctl does not start
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: bro
Version: 29
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Fabian Affolter
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2018-11-15 21:31 UTC by Jean-Luc Duprat
Modified: 2019-11-27 23:35 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2019-11-27 23:35:31 UTC
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Description Jean-Luc Duprat 2018-11-15 21:31:08 UTC
Description of problem:
As shipped in Fedora 29 the broctl package installs the required python modules in
However the script is meant to use python 3.7 
As a result the modules are not found and broctl fails to run

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

How reproducible:
$ broctl

Actual results:
$ /usr/bin/broctl
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/broctl", line 13, in <module>
    from BroControl import BroCtl, BroControlError, CommandSyntaxError
ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'BroControl'

Expected results:

Additional info:

Comment 1 Jean-Luc Duprat 2019-01-09 16:39:12 UTC
This is not getting much attention though the problem is easy to spot:

$ rpm -qf /usr/bin/broctl

$ head -3  /usr/bin/broctl
# The BroControl interactive shell.

$ broctl
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/broctl", line 13, in <module>
    from BroControl import BroCtl, BroControlError, CommandSyntaxError
ImportError: cannot import name 'BroCtl' from 'BroControl' (/usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/BroControl/__init__.py)

$ rpm -ql broctl | grep BroControl | grep __init__.py$

It is a Python 3.7 program shipped with Python 2.7 site-packages.

Comment 2 Max R.D. Parmer 2019-10-22 21:59:48 UTC
This problem continues with Fedora 30:
# broctl install
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/broctl", line 13, in <module>
    from BroControl.broctl import BroCtl, BroControlError, CommandSyntaxError
ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'BroControl'

# head -1 `which broctl`

# ls /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/ | egrep -ci '^bro'

# ls /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/ | egrep -ci '^bro'

# cp -Rav /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/broccoli* /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/
'/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/broccoli_intern.py' -> '/usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/broccoli_intern.py'
'/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/broccoli_intern.pyc' -> '/usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/broccoli_intern.pyc'
'/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/broccoli_intern.pyo' -> '/usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/broccoli_intern.pyo'
'/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/broccoli.py' -> '/usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/broccoli.py'
'/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/broccoli.pyc' -> '/usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/broccoli.pyc'
'/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/broccoli.pyo' -> '/usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/broccoli.pyo'

# cp -Ra /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/BroControl/ /usr/lib/python3.7/site-packages/

# broctl install
creating policy directories ...
installing site policies ...
generating cluster-layout.bro ...
generating local-networks.bro ...
generating broctl-config.bro ...
generating broctl-config.sh ...

Obviously though that workaround isn't great as it leaves unmanaged files... better to just manually build from source at that point.

Comment 3 Ben Cotton 2019-10-31 18:44:25 UTC
This message is a reminder that Fedora 29 is nearing its end of life.
Fedora will stop maintaining and issuing updates for Fedora 29 on 2019-11-26.
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Comment 4 Ben Cotton 2019-11-27 23:35:31 UTC
Fedora 29 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2019-11-26. Fedora 29 is
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