Puppet Server: Known Issues

Included in Puppet Enterprise 2017.1.

For a list of all known issues, visit our Issue Tracker.

Here are a few specific issues that we’re aware of that might affect certain users:

Ruby 1.8 vs Ruby 1.9

Puppet Server uses an embedded JRuby interpreter to execute Ruby code. This interpreter is compatible with Ruby 1.9. If you are installing Puppet Server on an existing system with Ruby 1.8, the behavior of some extensions, such as custom functions and custom resource types and providers, might change slightly. Generally speaking, this shouldn’t affect core Puppet Ruby code, which is tested against both versions of Ruby.

tmp directory mounted noexec

In some cases (especially for RHEL 7 installations) if the /tmp directory is mounted as noexec, Puppet Server may fail to run correctly, and you may see an error in the Puppet Server logs similar to the following:

Nov 12 17:46:12 fqdn.com java[56495]: Failed to load feature test for posix: can't find user for 0
Nov 12 17:46:12 fqdn.com java[56495]: Cannot run on Microsoft Windows without the win32-process, win32-dir and win32-service gems: Win32API only supported on win32
Nov 12 17:46:12 fqdn.com java[56495]: Puppet::Error: Cannot determine basic system flavour

This is caused by the fact that JRuby contains some embedded files which need to be copied somewhere on the filesystem before they can be executed (see this JRuby issue). To work around this issue, you can either mount the /tmp directory without noexec, or you can choose a different directory to use as the temporary directory for the Puppet Server process.

Either way, you’ll need to set the permissions of the directory to 1777. This allows the Puppet Server JRuby process to write a file to /tmp and then execute it. If permissions are set incorrectly, you’ll get a massive stack trace without much useful information in it.

To use a different temporary directory, you can set the following JVM property:

-Djava.io.tmpdir=/some/other/temporary/directory

When Puppet Server is installed from packages, this property should be added to the JAVA_ARGS variable defined in either /etc/sysconfig/puppetserver or /etc/default/puppetserver, depending on upon your distribution. Note that the service will need to be restarted in order for this change to take effect.

Diffie-Helman HTTPS Client Issues

SERVER-17: When configuring Puppet Server to use a report processor that involves HTTPS requests (e.g., to Foreman), there can be compatibility issues between the JVM HTTPS client and certain server HTTPS implementations (e.g., very recent versions of Apache mod_ssl). See the linked ticket for known workarounds.

Uberjar Leiningen Version Issues

If you try to build an uberjar on your own, you need to use leiningen 2.4.3 or later. Earlier versions of leiningen fail to include some of JRuby’s dependencies in the uberjar, which can cause failures that say Puppet::Error: Cannot determine basic system flavour on startup.

OpenBSD JRuby Compatibility Issues

SERVER-14: While we don’t ship official packages or provide official support for OpenBSD, we would very much like for users to be able to run Puppet Server on it. Current versions of JRuby have a bug in their POSIX support on OpenBSD that prevents Puppet Server from running. We will try to work with the JRuby team to see if they can get a fix in for this, and upgrade to a newer JRuby when a fix becomes available. It might also be possible to patch the Puppet Ruby code to work around this issue.

Puppet Server Master Fails to Connect to Load-Balanced Servers with Different SSL Certificates

SERVER-207: Intermittent SSL connection failures have been seen when the Puppet Server master tries to make SSL requests to servers via the same virtual ip address. This has been seen when the servers present different certificates during the SSL handshake. For more information on the issue, see this page.

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