Struggling with logrotate and unicorn

Emmanuel Gomez emmanuel.gomez at gmail.com
Tue Apr 12 12:13:02 EDT 2011


Hi,

First of all, thanks for Unicorn, it's a fantastic tool.

I'm starting a Unicorn 3.3.1 master process as root on an Ubuntu 10.04 LTS host, and dropping to an unprivileged user in the workers after forking. This all works fine. 

I have confirmed that logrotate creates the logs with a 0600 umask and the uid/gid of my unprivileged user (per my logrotate config, loosely based on the example logrotate.conf from 3.4 or 3.5). 

The problem occurs when I send a USR1 signal to the master process (as root, because the master is running as root) after the logs have been rotated. As near as I can tell, after that the Unicorn master chowns the logs to root ownership. Then, the workers attempt to chown the logs back to ownership by the unprivileged user, which repeatedly fails, spewing megabytes of errors that look like:

worker=0 reopening logs...
Unhandled listen loop exception #<Errno::EPERM: Operation not permitted - /opt/wp/src/nascar/current/log/staging.log>.
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/gems/unicorn-3.3.1/lib/unicorn/util.rb:57:in `chown'
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/gems/unicorn-3.3.1/lib/unicorn/util.rb:57:in `reopen_logs'
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/gems/unicorn-3.3.1/lib/unicorn/util.rb:37:in `each'
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/gems/unicorn-3.3.1/lib/unicorn/util.rb:37:in `reopen_logs'
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/gems/unicorn-3.3.1/lib/unicorn/http_server.rb:569:in `reopen_worker_logs'
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/gems/unicorn-3.3.1/lib/unicorn/http_server.rb:592:in `worker_loop'
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/gems/unicorn-3.3.1/lib/unicorn/http_server.rb:496:in `spawn_missing_workers'
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/gems/unicorn-3.3.1/lib/unicorn/http_server.rb:493:in `fork'
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/gems/unicorn-3.3.1/lib/unicorn/http_server.rb:493:in `spawn_missing_workers'
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/gems/unicorn-3.3.1/lib/unicorn/http_server.rb:489:in `each'
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/gems/unicorn-3.3.1/lib/unicorn/http_server.rb:489:in `spawn_missing_workers'
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/gems/unicorn-3.3.1/lib/unicorn/http_server.rb:503:in `maintain_worker_count'
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/gems/unicorn-3.3.1/lib/unicorn/http_server.rb:297:in `join'
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/gems/unicorn-3.3.1/lib/unicorn.rb:13:in `run'
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/gems/unicorn-3.3.1/bin/unicorn_rails:208
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/bin/unicorn_rails:19:in `load'
/opt/wp/src/nascar/shared/bundle/ruby/1.8/bin/unicorn_rails:19


I looked at Unicorn::Util.reopen_logs, which is where the exception originates, and clearly has code intended to deal with this (https://github.com/defunkt/unicorn/blob/v3.3.1/lib/unicorn/util.rb#L56), but it doesn't appear to be doing the right thing in my circumstance. It's not apparent to me at a glance why this is failing.

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Thanks for any input you may have,
Emmanuel Gomez


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