Troubleshooting deis-store

The store component is the most complex component of Deis. As such, there are many ways for it to fail. Recall that the store components represent Ceph services as follows:

Log output for store components can be viewed with deisctl status store-<component> (such as deisctl status store-volume). Additionally, the Ceph health can be queried by using the deis-store-admin administrative container to access the cluster.

Using store-admin

deis-store-admin is an optional component that is helpful when diagnosing problems with deis-store. It contains the ceph client and writes the necessary Ceph configuration files so it always has the most up-to-date configuration for the cluster.

To use deis-store-admin, install and start it with deisctl:

$ deisctl install store-admin
$ deisctl start store-admin

The container will now be running on all hosts in the cluster. Log into any of the hosts, enter the container with nse deis-store-admin, and then issue a ceph -s to query the cluster’s health.

The output should be similar to the following:

core@deis-1 ~ $ nse deis-store-admin
root@deis-1:/# ceph -s
    cluster 20038e38-4108-4e79-95d4-291d0eef2949
     health HEALTH_OK
     monmap e3: 3 mons at {deis-1=,deis-2=,deis-3=}, election epoch 16, quorum 0,1,2 deis-1,deis-2,deis-3
     mdsmap e10: 1/1/1 up {0=deis-2=up:active}, 2 up:standby
     osdmap e36: 3 osds: 3 up, 3 in
      pgmap v2096: 1344 pgs, 12 pools, 369 MB data, 448 objects
            24198 MB used, 23659 MB / 49206 MB avail
            1344 active+clean

If you see HEALTH_OK, this means everything is working as it should. Note also monmap e3: 3 mons at... which means all three monitor containers are up and responding, mdsmap e10: 1/1/1 up... which means all three metadata containers are up and responding, and osdmap e7: 3 osds: 3 up, 3 in which means all three daemon containers are up and running.

We can also see from the pgmap that we have 1344 placement groups, all of which are active+clean.

For additional information on troubleshooting Ceph, see troubleshooting. Common issues with specific store components are detailed below.


If all of the ceph client commands seem to be hanging and the output is solely monitor faults, the cluster may have lost quorum and manual intervention is necessary to recover. For more information, see Recovering Ceph quorum.


The monitor is the first store component to start, and is required for any of the other store components to function properly. If a deisctl list indicates that any of the monitors are failing, it is likely due to a host issue. Common failure scenarios include not having adequate free storage on the host node - in that case, monitors will fail with errors similar to:

Oct 29 20:04:00 deis-staging-node1 sh[1158]: 2014-10-29 20:04:00.053693 7fd0586a6700  0 mon.deis-staging-node1@0(leader).data_health(6) update_stats avail 1% total 5960684 used 56655
Oct 29 20:04:00 deis-staging-node1 sh[1158]: 2014-10-29 20:04:00.053770 7fd0586a6700 -1 mon.deis-staging-node1@0(leader).data_health(6) reached critical levels of available space on
Oct 29 20:04:00 deis-staging-node1 sh[1158]: 2014-10-29 20:04:00.053772 7fd0586a6700  0 ** Shutdown via Data Health Service **
Oct 29 20:04:00 deis-staging-node1 sh[1158]: 2014-10-29 20:04:00.053821 7fd056ea3700 -1 mon.deis-staging-node1@0(leader) e3 *** Got Signal Interrupt ***
Oct 29 20:04:00 deis-staging-node1 sh[1158]: 2014-10-29 20:04:00.053834 7fd056ea3700  1 mon.deis-staging-node1@0(leader) e3 shutdown
Oct 29 20:04:00 deis-staging-node1 sh[1158]: 2014-10-29 20:04:00.054000 7fd056ea3700  0 quorum service shutdown
Oct 29 20:04:00 deis-staging-node1 sh[1158]: 2014-10-29 20:04:00.054002 7fd056ea3700  0 mon.deis-staging-node1@0(shutdown).health(6) HealthMonitor::service_shutdown 1 services
Oct 29 20:04:00 deis-staging-node1 sh[1158]: 2014-10-29 20:04:00.054065 7fd056ea3700  0 quorum service shutdown

This is typically only an issue when deploying Deis on bare metal, as most cloud providers have adequately large volumes.


The daemons are responsible for actually storing the data on the filesystem. The cluster is configured to allow writes with just one daemon running, but the cluster will be running in a degraded state, so restoring all daemons to a running state as quickly as possible is paramount.

Daemons can be safely restarted with deisctl restart store-daemon, but this will restart all daemons, resulting in downtime of the storage cluster until the daemons recover. Alternatively, issuing a sudo systemctl restart deis-store-daemon on the host of the failing daemon will restart just that daemon.


The gateway runs Apache and a FastCGI server to communicate with the cluster. Restarting the gateway will result in a short downtime for the registry component (and will prevent the database from backing up), but those components should recover as soon as the gateway comes back up.


The metadata servers are required for the volume to function properly. Only one is active at any one time, and the rest operate as hot standbys. The monitors will promote a standby metadata server should the active one fail.


Without functioning monitors, daemons, and metadata servers, the volume service will likely hang indefinitely (or restart constantly). If the controller or logger happen to be running on a host with a failing store-volume, application logs will be lost until the volume recovers.

Note that store-volume requires CoreOS >= 471.1.0 for the CephFS kernel module.