[erlang-questions] net_kernel fails to start (nodistribution)

Garry Hodgson <>
Thu Oct 1 21:06:56 CEST 2015


problem solved. it turns out that it was due to a faulty
iptables rule set.  whew!

On 10/01/2015 12:05 PM, Garry Hodgson wrote:
> I'm seeing something odd on one of the openstack VM's
> we're using.  We've been using this VM for some time with no
> problems, but all of the sudden I can't run erlang with
> distribution. Running just "erl" is fine, but if I specify an
> sname it hangs for minutes, then fails with crash dump
> (and output at end of message).
>
> I've restarted epmd, and run it in debug mode, but don't
> see anything amiss. We did make some changes yesterday
> to the OpenStack security groups for the VM, which may be
> related (ports 80, 443, 2121 and 62201).  Hostname, ifconfig,
> and iptables rules all seem ok.
>
> Looking through the code, it appears the failure occurs in
> net_kernel:init_node(Name, LongOrShortNames), or maybe
> further down in start_protos( Name, Node ).
>
> I've never seen anything like this, and google only shows me
> a few rabbit mq questions that didn't help much.
> Any insight would be appreciated.
>
> Thanks
>
> example output:
>
> # erl -sname foo
> {error_logger,{{2015,10,1},{14,58,47}},"Protocol: ~tp: register/listen 
> error: ~tp~n",["inet_tcp",etimedout]}
> {error_logger,{{2015,10,1},{14,58,47}},crash_report,[[{initial_call,{net_kernel,init,['Argument__1']}},{pid,<0.21.0>},{registered_name,[]},{error_info,{exit,{error,badarg},[{gen_server,init_it,6,[{file,"gen_server.erl"},{line,322}]},{proc_lib,init_p_do_apply,3,[{file,"proc_lib.erl"},{line,237}]}]}},{ancestors,[net_sup,kernel_sup,<0.10.0>]},{messages,[]},{links,[#Port<0.54>,<0.18.0>]},{dictionary,[{longnames,false}]},{trap_exit,true},{status,running},{heap_size,376},{stack_size,27},{reductions,739}],[]]} 
>
> {error_logger,{{2015,10,1},{14,58,47}},supervisor_report,[{supervisor,{local,net_sup}},{errorContext,start_error},{reason,{'EXIT',nodistribution}},{offender,[{pid,undefined},{name,net_kernel},{mfargs,{net_kernel,start_link,[[foo,shortnames]]}},{restart_type,permanent},{shutdown,2000},{child_type,worker}]}]} 
>
> {error_logger,{{2015,10,1},{14,58,47}},supervisor_report,[{supervisor,{local,kernel_sup}},{errorContext,start_error},{reason,{shutdown,{failed_to_start_child,net_kernel,{'EXIT',nodistribution}}}},{offender,[{pid,undefined},{name,net_sup},{mfargs,{erl_distribution,start_link,[]}},{restart_type,permanent},{shutdown,infinity},{child_type,supervisor}]}]} 
>
> {error_logger,{{2015,10,1},{14,58,47}},crash_report,[[{initial_call,{application_master,init,['Argument__1','Argument__2','Argument__3','Argument__4']}},{pid,<0.9.0>},{registered_name,[]},{error_info,{exit,{{shutdown,{failed_to_start_child,net_sup,{shutdown,{failed_to_start_child,net_kernel,{'EXIT',nodistribution}}}}},{kernel,start,[normal,[]]}},[{application_master,init,4,[{file,"application_master.erl"},{line,133}]},{proc_lib,init_p_do_apply,3,[{file,"proc_lib.erl"},{line,237}]}]}},{ancestors,[<0.8.0>]},{messages,[{'EXIT',<0.10.0>,normal}]},{links,[<0.8.0>,<0.7.0>]},{dictionary,[]},{trap_exit,true},{status,running},{heap_size,376},{stack_size,27},{reductions,117}],[]]} 
>
> {error_logger,{{2015,10,1},{14,58,47}},std_info,[{application,kernel},{exited,{{shutdown,{failed_to_start_child,net_sup,{shutdown,{failed_to_start_child,net_kernel,{'EXIT',nodistribution}}}}},{kernel,start,[normal,[]]}}},{type,permanent}]} 
>
> {"Kernel pid 
> terminated",application_controller,"{application_start_failure,kernel,{{shutdown,{failed_to_start_child,net_sup,{shutdown,{failed_to_start_child,net_kernel,{'EXIT',nodistribution}}}}},{kernel,start,[normal,[]]}}}"}
>
> Crash dump was written to: erl_crash.dump
> Kernel pid terminated (application_controller) 
> ({application_start_failure,kernel,{{shutdown,{failed_to_start_child,net_sup,{shutdown,{failed_to_start_child,net_kernel,{'EXIT',nodistribution}}}}},{k
>


-- 
Garry Hodgson
Lead Member of Technical Staff
AT&T Chief Security Office (CSO)

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