Pid file not found on Ubuntu 16.04

(Martin) #1

I saw the other topic about the same issue but it's close. I got the same problem on Ubuntu.
Same issue occur for Packetbeat and Filebeat.
The init script looks ok but I the pid file is not created.
The topbeat-god is suppose to create the pid file. How to figure out the issue with this binary.

Do I have to post also on github ?

Fresh machine traces:
ubuntu@ip-$ curl -L -O
% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current
Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed
100 3613k 100 3613k 0 0 4170k 0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 4168k
ubuntu@ip-$ sudo dpkg -i topbeat_1.3.1_amd64.deb
Selecting previously unselected package topbeat.
(Reading database ... 53664 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack topbeat_1.3.1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking topbeat (1.3.1) ...
Setting up topbeat (1.3.1) ...
Processing triggers for systemd (229-4ubuntu11) ...
Processing triggers for ureadahead (0.100.0-19) ...
ubuntu@ip-$ sudo service topbeat start
ubuntu@ip-$ sudo service topbeat status
● topbeat.service - topbeat
Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/topbeat.service; disabled; vendor preset: enabled)
Active: active (running) since Thu 2016-11-03 13:27:36 UTC; 5min ago
Main PID: 21847 (topbeat)
Tasks: 6
Memory: 5.0M
CPU: 1.261s
CGroup: /system.slice/topbeat.service
└─21847 /usr/bin/topbeat -c /etc/topbeat/topbeat.yml

Nov 03 13:27:36 ip- systemd[1]: Started topbeat.
ubuntu@ip-$ sudo ls -la /var/run/
ls: cannot access '/var/run/': No such file or directory
ubuntu@ip-$ cat /proc/version
Linux version 4.4.0-45-generic (buildd@lgw01-34) (gcc version 5.4.0 20160609 (Ubuntu 5.4.0-6ubuntu1~16.04.2) ) #66-Ubuntu SMP Wed Oct 19 14:12:37 UTC 2016


(Andrew Kroh) #2

Your OS uses systemd which does not write a PID file. And topbeat-god is not used by systemd. The unit file for systemd is installed at /lib/systemd/system/topbeat.service.

(Martin) #3

Thanks andrewkroh for the quick answer.

Now that I know where to look, there is a PIDFile option for systemd but it is use like the start-stop-daemon only to check if the process is already running.

With topbeat help there is no '-p' option to create pid file.
I would prefer to avoid to use another script with echo $!.
Any plan to add this missing option?

(Andrew Kroh) #4

No, plans to add a -p option. We don't have a use for it. What are you using it for?

(Martin) #5

Wanted to use it with monit like I did with but will do like suggested in other post with matching process name.
Then reading about systemd, since the topbeat service is set to restart always, I wonder if I really need monit at all.
Finally will only keep monit to check cluster health on elasticsearch only.

(system) #6

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