Juju does a brilliant job at simplifying the deployment of big software at scale. But trying to accommodate every variation of model, cloud and connection is a huge challenge, and one that can occasionally cause a few bumps along the way to cloud nirvana.

Fortunately, Juju is well equipped to help in instances like these, both in the output it can provide and in specific additional steps that can be taken to mitigate any problems.

Gathering details

When things don't seem to be working, the first step should always be to gather as much information as possible. Juju offers the following general options for data gathering, which we'll cover below:

Advanced status output

The juju status command is typically used to show the status of an entire model. But it can also be used to target the details for a specific application or unit. Typing juju status mysql, for example, will show only the status information relevant to mysql.

The default output from status uses a tabular format to fit as much detail as possible into a terminal. However, by specifying yaml as an output format, additional details are included in its serialised output.

Note: When filing bugs and requesting help it's almost always better to use the YAML format so that everyone has additional insight into what's going on.

To see all the details on a deployed 'mysql' application, enter the following:

juju status mysql --format=yaml

We've split the output from this command into three separate sections so we can annotate the most useful parts for troubleshooting.

  name: documentation-demo
  controller: jaas
  cloud: aws
  region: eu-west-1
  version: 2.1.2

The above 'model' section includes the region for the deployment and the version number of the Juju agent used by the model.

This version number should ideally match the Juju client version you're using, as well as the version used to deploy the controller.

Type juju --version to see the client version and juju controllers to see the version numbers of any controllers.

To update a controller and its models, see Upgrading Juju software for further details.

      current: pending
      since: 18 May 2017 13:33:58-04:00
    instance-id: i-0510eb612038f780a
      current: running
      message: running
      since: 18 May 2017 13:34:23-04:00
    series: xenial
    hardware: arch=amd64 cores=1 cpu-power=350 mem=3840M root-disk=8192M availability-zone=eu-west-1a

The 'machines' section of the status output deals with the machine(s) running the selected application. The dns-name and ip-addresses fields are obviously useful when trying to solve network and connectivity issues.

    charm: cs:mysql-57
    series: xenial
    os: ubuntu
    charm-origin: jujucharms
    charm-name: mysql
    charm-rev: 57
    exposed: false
      current: waiting
      message: waiting for machine
      since: 18 May 2017 13:33:56-04:00
      - mysql
          current: waiting
          message: waiting for machine
          since: 18 May 2017 13:33:56-04:00
          current: allocating
          since: 18 May 2017 13:33:56-04:00
        machine: "2"

The final section of status output deals with the application itself. This includes details on the current status of the machine, various timestamps and additional networking details such as the public address of the application.

Using the show commands

The output from juju status provides a great summary of what's going on and it can often provide enough clues to isolate a problem. But there are a range of other commands to accompany status that offer more specific details.

One of the most important commands is juju show-machine as this can help specifically when an application is failing to deploy

One example where show-machine might be useful is if you were to deploy 'active-directory' and the application gets stuck with a waiting for machine message in the juju status output:

Unit                Workload  Agent       Machine  Public address  Ports  Message
active-directory/0  waiting   allocating  1                               waiting for machine

You can find more about this failed deployment by running juju show-machine 0:

model: documentation-demo
      current: down
      message: agent is not communicating with the server
      since: 18 May 2017 13:26:55-04:00
    instance-id: pending
      current: provisioning error
      message: no "win2012" images in Region1 with arches [amd64]
      since: 18 May 2017 13:26:55-04:00
    series: win2012

The output above includes more details on what Juju is looking for. In particular, the message within the 'machine-status' sub-section indicates that there is no Windows image available for this deployment. This is what's holding up the deployment of 'active-directory'.

Note: The show-machine command defaults to YAML output without any further arguments.

Juju includes the following show- commands to help provide more details on specific areas of your deployment:

Command Description
show-cloud Shows detailed information on a cloud.
show-controller Shows detailed information of a controller.
show-machine Show a machine's status.
show-model Shows information about the current or specified model.
show-user Show information about a user.

If you need to request assistance or make a bug report, include the output from show-model and show-controller. This will help when analysing the problem.

Using the --debug option

Most Juju commands support the addition of a --debug argument. Adding --debug- is useful because the output will now detail each step taken by Juju to execute a command. It's especially helpful with commands that perform a complex series of tasks, such as bootstrap:

juju bootstrap localhost --debug

The above command will output both INFO and DEBUG messages for each action performed by Juju, from parsing the command arguments to waiting for a network address. If bootstrap fails at any point, you will either see this in the output or the problem will be with the final step undertaken by Juju.

Another good example is juju deploy --debug, the output of which is shown below:

13:48:40 INFO  juju.cmd supercommand.go:63 running juju [2.2 gc go1.8.1]
13:48:40 DEBUG juju.cmd supercommand.go:64   args: []string{"juju", "deploy", "kibana", "--debug"}
13:48:40 INFO  juju.juju api.go:73 connecting to API addresses: []
13:48:40 DEBUG juju.api apiclient.go:683 dialing "wss://"
13:48:40 DEBUG juju.api apiclient.go:683 dialing "wss://"
13:48:40 DEBUG juju.api apiclient.go:683 dialing "wss://"
13:48:41 DEBUG juju.api apiclient.go:687 successfully dialed "wss://"
13:48:41 INFO  juju.api apiclient.go:594 connection established to "wss://"
13:48:41 DEBUG juju.api apiclient.go:683 dialing "wss://"
13:48:41 DEBUG juju.api apiclient.go:683 dialing "wss://"
13:48:42 DEBUG juju.api apiclient.go:687 successfully dialed "wss://"
13:48:42 INFO  juju.api apiclient.go:594 connection established to "wss://"
13:48:43 DEBUG juju.cmd.juju.application deploy.go:781 cannot interpret as local bundle: bundle not found: kibana
13:48:43 DEBUG httpbakery client.go:244 client do GET {
13:48:43 DEBUG httpbakery client.go:246 } -> error <nil>
13:48:44 DEBUG httpbakery client.go:244 client do GET {
13:48:45 DEBUG httpbakery client.go:246 } -> error <nil>
13:48:45 INFO  cmd deploy.go:1000 Located charm "cs:trusty/kibana-15".
13:48:45 INFO  cmd deploy.go:1001 Deploying charm "cs:trusty/kibana-15".
13:48:46 DEBUG juju.api monitor.go:35 RPC connection died
13:48:46 INFO  cmd supercommand.go:465 command finished

In the above log output, we can see many calls to the IP addresses of the controller and the Charm store, which is used to retrieve details about the charm the user is attempting to deploy. A user will have problems if these IP addresses are behind any sort of proxy or egress firewall - Juju needs to reach these endpoints if a deployment is to be successful.

Collecting the logs

Juju aggregates the logs from all machines and units on a model and makes these available through the juju debug-log command. This allows you to see everything going on and lets you delve into the details by using advanced filtering techniques, just as you might with any log file.

See Juju log documentation for additional details on the logs Juju keeps and how best to access the information they contain.

Increase the logging level

At times, it may help to increase the logging level when attempting to diagnose an issue.

You can verify the current logging level with the model-config command:

juju model-config logging-config

Output will be similar to the following:

<root>=WARNING; unit=INFO

Increasing the logging level will provide additional details. Logging levels, from most verbose to least verbose, are as follows:

  • INFO

When diagnosing an issue or gathering information for filing a bug, it's often useful to increase the log verbosity by moving to DEBUG or TRACE levels.

To increase the logging level from our previous example, you would enter the following command:

juju model-config logging-config="<root>=DEBUG;unit=TRACE"

Once the issue has been diagnosed, or the logging information is collected, make sure the logging levels are reset so that you don't collect massive amounts of unnecessary data:

juju model-config logging-config="<root>=WARNING;unit=INFO"

Additional troubleshooting topics

After identifying the source of a problem, take a look at our further troubleshooting documentation for help on finding a solution:

Alternatively, if your issue is not addressed here, get in touch via our Contacts page or consider the Juju section on