Why is my job aborted earlier than the specified reserve time?

A reason can be the hard limit of 99 hours/4 days in /distribution/reservesys. Check your job XML if you’re trying to reserve the system for longer. You can also check the result for a warning: watchdog_exceeds_limit. Reserving a system after testing describes system reservation in detail.

How to archive XML file for a job from within a Beaker job?

You can use the harness API:


Troubleshooting checklist for an aborted job

  1. Has the first task in the recipe passed?


    Installation has passed in this case, beaker performed provisioning and test harness deployment well. Please check the particular task with failure if it is working properly.

    No, Recide ID does not match any systems.

    There isn’t any lab containing both requested distribution and requested machine. Try to change the requirements of your job and/or order suitable hardware.

    No, Command XYZ failed .

    Power management isn’t working (machine can’t be rebooted/switched on/switched off). This error is handled automatically by Beaker - it marks the machine as broken and notifies its administrator.

    No, External Watchdog Expired.

    Something went wrong during deployment. Check for status of other tasks in queue.

  2. Are all jobs/recipes aborted?


    There is very likely something wrong with Beaker. Report it to your Beaker administrator.


    Go back to your failed job/recipe and start troubleshooting, check the console output first.

  3. Is the console output missing/empty?


    An empty console.log does not have to be necessarily blank. It can be considered blank if it contains a few time stamps.


    Either the system is stuck and cannot power on, or its serial console is not configured properly. No further diagnostics are possible, report this problem to the system owner.


    Great! Look at the bottom of the console output.

  4. Does the bottom of the console output contain errors?


    Look carefully for possible causes. Typically, the bottom of an aborted job contains a few lines with time stamps and some useful information above these lines. This is the last information printed. This information can be hard to read as it was part of an ncurses dialog utilizing ANSI escape codes. Beaker removes escape characters in the console output, but the rest of the sequence stays there.

    Yes, there is some problem with:

    Check if machine initiated installation at all.

  5. Is ksdevice=eth[0-9] set for the machine?

    New RHEL and Fedora distributions use different naming scheme for network interfaces based on physical placement. Typically these names look like ‘em1’ or ‘p3p1’. So far it may happen that beaker inventory defines ksdevice option with some traditional ethX name. To check this:

    • look at the NIC name at the bottom of the console output and
    • search for ksdevice= in anaconda.log

    If you see new names in the console output and traditional name as ksdevice, you’re affected by this issue.

  6. Did the machine boot into an existing installation, instead of running the installer?

    The boot order might have changed on the machine to boot from disk. In this case, it will never start the installation. In this case:

    • console.log is the only available log file,
    • the console output contains exclusively output of a boot loader (typically grub) and messages of boot from disk, there is no message related to boot from network, no message from Anaconda installer.

    In case the installation has started, check result of installation of harness.

  7. Did the Beaker harness successfully install?

    To check this, open the console output and search for string beah. In case of successful installation you will find yum output with successful installation of several packages, beah is one of this.

    Some occurrences ‘beah’ substring were found.

    Check repositories added via kickstart.

    Were all repositories setup properly?

    It may happen that repositories are unavailable. To recognize it open the console output and search for string ‘Trying other mirror’. If you find message informing you about some repomd.xml: [Errno 14] HTTP Error 404: Not Found then you found it.

    There are some inaccessible repositories.

    Somebody added to a kickstart of your job incorrect path to the repository. If you did it (you should know that), please fix.

Network issue during installation

If there was an error to configure the network interface, check if the ksdevice value is correct.

Error: Could not allocate requested partitions

  1. First check your job XML. Is <hostRequires /> requesting a system with a large enough disk to satisfy the <partition /> you have requested?

  2. Check the kernel output to ensure all expected disks and storage controllers are present. If any are missing, report a bug against the distro.

    Some storage controllers are unsupported in some distros. For example, the cciss driver was dropped from newer kernels and so any systems using an older SmartArray controller cannot be provisioned with RHEL7 or Fedora. In this case, the system owner should update the Excluded Families settings to exclude unsupported distros from their system. Report this problem to the system owner.

Error: Cannot access /var/run/beah/rhts-compat/launchers: No such file or directory

  1. Check the network connection, it is most likely offline.
  2. Some kind of installation error occurred, which is fixed by rebooting the host.
  3. The system is incompatible with rhts-compat, so it must be disabled in the job XML.