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Monday, September 4, 2017

Supervisord Tweaks

Hello all,
"Necessity is the mother of invention"

As always while i was working on, i came across some requirements with supervisord. It was quite interesting and useful. So i thought i will blog it on.

Tweak 1: Send emails from supervisord when something is broken

Step 1: Install sendmail. You need this to send emails

# yum install sendmail supervisor

Step 2: Configure sendmail

# vim /etc/mail/

Modify from

dnl define(`SMART_HOST', `smtp.your.provider')dnl
DAEMON_OPTIONS(`Port=smtp,Addr=, Name=MTA')dnl


define(`SMART_HOST', `<smtp server>')dnl
dnl # DAEMON_OPTIONS(`Port=smtp,Addr=<smtp server>, Name=MTA')dnl

Step 3: Install in your native python or virtual environment

# pip install superlance

Step 4: Configure crashmail as a part of your supervisord configuration

Add the section below to your supervisord conf

command=/path/to/your/app -a -m <To email id> -s "/usr/sbin/sendmail -t -i"

Step 5: Restart supervisord service

# systemctl restart supervisord.service

With the above changes, an email is triggered when ever a process(s)/program(s) mentioned in the supervisord configuration file crashes or moves into fatal state.

Tweak 2: Creating process groups

Step 1: Lets assume our original supervisord configuration is as mentioned below




Step 2: Add these changes mentioned below to create a group service


Step 3: Restart supervisord

# systemctl restart supervisord.service

Step 4: Now to stop/start/restart/status a group, do the following

# supervisorctl -c supervisor.conf restart test_groups:*

This configuration lets us group multiple programs/process together in supervisord

Tweak 3: Limited Retries for failed programs

Supervisord tries to keep all the process/programs alive by making constant retries. There could be number of use cases, where we may need to limit the retries.

The highlighted values in the section mentioned below would describe about the parameters that would help us limit the retries


startsecs - It means the number of seconds the system has to wait to consider the process running

startretries - It means the number of retries the process can take. But this retry is applied only on process which is not in running state

So in the example above if the program crashes (in less than 10 sec), the maximum retries that can happen is 3

Thursday, July 20, 2017

One line Simple FTP Server

Hey Guys,

As always this is an accidental discovery while working on some automation project.
How to create a FTP server in one line of command.

Here we go,
I will assume that you already have Python on your system :)

    python -m pyftpdlib -p 21 -w -d /some/dest/directory -D -n <Your IP>

If you wish to see the console output later in a file and push the process to background then,

    python -m pyftpdlib -p 21 -w -d /some/dest/directory -D -n <Your IP> > ftp.log 2>&1 &

you can ofcourse change the port from port 21 to some other.

Looks simple isn't it ???? 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Apply SSL Certificate via HAproxy

Hi Again,

Just thought to share, how a SSL certificate is applied to HAproxy LB

First we need to generate “pem” file which includes private key  from “pfx”. It promts for password

# openssl pkcs12 -in dummy.pfx -out dummy.pem  -nodes

Note: pem file which includes private key is important and not just pem file without private key content

Copy this "pem" file to a specific location, say like

# cp dummy.pem /etc/haproxy/ssl/

Configure SSL cert to Haproxy  - In the front end section

frontend www-https
    mode http
    option forwardfor
    option http-server-close
    bind ssl crt /etc/haproxy/ssl/dummy.pem
    reqadd X-Forwarded-Proto:\ https
    default_backend web-backend

and Restart haproxy service

# service haproxy restart

Ola!!!!   When you access your application you must see something like this on the address bar J

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Centos - How to undo a package Installation - Yum 

Hi Friends,

Yesterday someone in my server, accidently updated libvirt packages while trying to install something else.

Puff !!!
All my VMs started failing on reboot
Identified that verions of libvirt and qemu does nt work anymore.

Ona  quick research learnt this


It is a life saver

I initially tried "yum downgrade" - but it usually failed in downgrading dependency.

So let me explain you the magic.

Step 1: Find the history

# yum history
Loaded plugins: product-id, refresh-packagekit, subscription-manager
Updating Red Hat repositories.
ID     | Login user               | Date and time    | Action(s)      | Altered
     8 | root <root>              | 2011-10-03 14:40 | Install        |    1   
     7 | root <root>              | 2011-09-21 04:24 | Install        |    1 ##
     6 | root <root>              | 2011-09-21 04:23 | Install        |    1 ##
     5 | root <root>              | 2011-09-16 13:35 | Install        |    1   
     4 | root <root>              | 2011-09-16 13:33 | Erase          |    1   
     3 | root <root>              | 2011-09-14 14:36 | Install        |    1   
     2 | root <root>              | 2011-09-12 15:48 | I, U           |   80   
     1 | System <unset>           | 2011-09-12 14:57 | Install        | 1025  

Step 2: Revert the change

# yum history undo 8

Loaded plugins: product-id, refresh-packagekit, subscription-manager
Updating Red Hat repositories.
Undoing transaction 8, from Mon Oct  3 14:40:01 2011
    Install screen-4.0.3-16.el6.i686
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package screen.i686 0:4.0.3-16.el6 will be erased
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved
 Package          Arch       Version            Repository              Size
 screen           i686       4.0.3-16.el6       @rhel-6-server-rpms     783 k


  screen.i686 0:4.0.3-16.el6
Hope this helps someone. Ola ... have a great day