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This page provides guidelines for spotting and assessing neutron gate failures. Some hints for triaging failures are also provided.


Spotting gate failures

This can be achieved using several tools.

  1. Joe Gordon's github.io pages
  2. http://logstash.openstack.org

Even though Joe's script is not an "official" Openstack page it provides a quick snapshot of the current status for the most important jobs This page is built using data available at graphite.openstack.org. If you want to check how that is done go here: https://github.com/jogo/jogo.github.io/tree/master/gate (caveat: the color of the neutron job is very similar to that of the full job with nova-network)

For checking gate failures with logstash the following query will return failures for a specific job:

 build_status:FAILURE AND message:Finished  AND build_name:"check-tempest-dsvm-neutron" AND build_queue:"gate"

And divided by the total number of jobs executed:

 message:Finished  AND build_name:"check-tempest-dsvm-neutron" AND build_queue:"gate"

it will return the failure rate in the selected period for a given job. It is important to remark that failures in the check queue might be misleading as the problem causing the failure is most of the time in the patch being checked. Therefore it is always advisable to work on failures occurred in the gate queue. However, these failures are a precious resource for assessing frequency and determining root cause of failures which manifest in the gate queue.

The step above will provide a quick outlook of where things stand. When the failure rate raises above 10% for a job in 24 hours, it's time to be on alert. 25% is amber alert. 33% is red alert. Anything above 50% means that probably somebody from the infra team has already a contract out on you. Whether you are relaxed, in alert mode, or freaking out because you see a red dot on your chest, it is always a good idea to check on daily bases the elastic-recheck pages.

Under the gate tab, you can see gate failure rates for already known bugs. The bugs in this page are ordered by decreasing failure rates (for the past 24 hours). If one of the bugs affecting Neutron is among those on top of that list, you should check that the corresponding bug is already assigned and somebody is working on it. If not, and there is not a good reason for that, it should be ensured somebody gets a crack at it as soon as possible. The other part of the story is to check for uncategorized failures. This is where failures for new (unknown) gate breaking bugs end up; on the other hand also infra error causing job failures end up here. It should be duty of the diligent Neutron developer to ensure the classification rate for neutron jobs is as close as possible to 100%. To this aim, the diligent Neutron developer should adopt the following procedure:

  1. Open logs for failed jobs and look for logs/testr_results.html.gz
  2. If that file is missing, check console.html and see where the job failed.
    1. If there is a failure in devstack-gate-cleanup-host.txt it's likely to be an infra issue
    2. If the failure is in devstacklog.txt it could a devstack, neutron, or infra issue
  3. However, most of the time the failure is in one of the tempest tests. Take note of the error message and go to logstash
  4. On logstash, search for occurrences of this error message, and try to identify the root cause for the failure (see below)
  5. File a bug for this failure, and push a elastic-recheck query for it (see below).
  6. If you are confident with the area of this bug, and you have time, assign it to yourself; otherwise look for an assignee or talk to the Neutron's bug czar to find an assignee.

Root causing a gate failure

Time-based identification ie: find the naughty patch Log scavenging

Filing an elastic recheck query

Guidelines on filing this stuff