Bug #31753

can't execute ansible on Debian

Added by Evgeni Golov 10 months ago. Updated 10 months ago.


(filing this against foreman_ansible, but in reality there will be more than one component involved)

Currently, when you install Foreman with --enable-foreman-plugin-ansible --enable-foreman-proxy-plugin-ansible this does not result in a working Foreman Ansible setup.

When trying to run an Ansible job, the first thing you'll encounter is uninitialized constant ForemanAnsibleCore (see
That is, at large, because we don't install foreman-ansible-core by default right now.

Installing it by hand yields:

dpkg: error processing archive /tmp/apt-dpkg-install-ARihr2/5-ruby-foreman-ansible-core_4.0.0-buster+scratchbuild20210118132237_all.deb (--unpack):
 trying to overwrite '/usr/bin/', which is also in package ruby-smart-proxy-ansible 3.0.0-2
Errors were encountered while processing:

I am not exactly sure who should own that file, but not both (funnily, core/runner/command_creator.rb does genetate the path as /usr/lib/ruby/bin/, so it wouldn't find it anyways).

After forcing dpkg to overwrite that file (for testing only, of course), the gem was still not loaded until Adam hasn't fixed the deployment in (merged just now into nightly).

Having that fixed, I was able to schedule an Ansible job in Foreman, but it failed with ERROR! Unexpected Exception, this is probably a bug: No module named 'psutil'. I think that's because Debian ships Ansible with Python3 already, while Ansible Runner doesn't know that and only depends on python-psutil. Installing python3-psutil fixes this.

However, the next run would still fail for me: fatal: []: FAILED! => {"msg": "Unable to create local directories(/usr/share/foreman-proxy/.ansible/cp): [Errno 13] Permission denied: b'/usr/share/foreman-proxy/.ansible'"} -- I think it's not honouring our ansible.cfg correctly, which tells it to use /tmp for this, but didn't dive further yet.

and fixing that, you'll see:

fatal: []: UNREACHABLE! => {"changed": false, "msg": "Failed to connect to the host via ssh: Could not create directory '/usr/share/foreman-proxy/.ssh'.\r\nFailed to add the host to the list of known hosts (/usr/share/foreman-proxy/.ssh/known_hosts).\r\nno such identity: /usr/share/foreman-proxy/.ssh/id_rsa_foreman_proxy: No such file or directory\r\ Permission denied (publickey).", "unreachable": true}

Related issues

Related to Ansible - Bug #24879: ruby-foreman-ansible-core '/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/foreman_ansible_core.rb' conflicts with ruby-smart-proxy-ansibleResolved


#1 Updated by Ewoud Kohl van Wijngaarden 10 months ago

  • Related to Bug #24879: ruby-foreman-ansible-core '/usr/lib/ruby/vendor_ruby/foreman_ansible_core.rb' conflicts with ruby-smart-proxy-ansible added

#2 Updated by Evgeni Golov 10 months ago

tha last error is due to it trying to place the "controlpersist" files into the cp folder

on RPM based we have

# ls -alhd /usr/share/foreman-proxy/.ansible lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 30 Nov 23 2019 /usr/share/foreman-proxy/.ansible -> /var/lib/foreman-proxy/ansible

on deb we dont…

#3 Updated by Evgeni Golov 10 months ago

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#4 Updated by Evgeni Golov 10 months ago

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#5 Updated by Evgeni Golov 10 months ago

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#6 Updated by Evgeni Golov 10 months ago

with the linked PRs merged, I can run ansible playbooks in nightly when I do the following:
  1. install python3-psutil manually
  2. install Foreman with ansible using foreman-installer --enable-foreman-plugin-ansible --enable-foreman-proxy-plugin-ansible --enable-foreman-proxy-plugin-remote-execution-ssh, REX-SSH is needed for the setup of the ssh key etc.

#7 Updated by Evgeni Golov 10 months ago

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#8 Updated by Evgeni Golov 10 months ago

  • Assignee set to Evgeni Golov
  • Status changed from New to Resolved

This has been fixed in ruby-foreman-ansible-core_4.0.0-2 and ruby-smart-proxy-ansible_3.0.0-4 which have been pushed out to Foreman 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 and nightly repositories.

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