RabbitMQ® for Pivotal Cloud Foundry
What should I check before deploying a new version of the tile?
Ensure that all nodes in the cluster are healthy via the RabbitMQ Management UI, or health metrics exposed via the firehose. You cannot rely solely
bosh instances output as that reflects the state of the Erlang VM used by RabbitMQ and not the RabbitMQ application.
What is the correct way to stop and start RabbitMQ in PCF?
Only BOSH commands should be used by the operator to interact with the RabbitMQ application. For example:
bosh stop rabbitmq-server
bosh start rabbitmq-server
There are BOSH job lifecycle hooks which are only fired when rabbitmq-server is stopped through BOSH. You can also stop individual instances by running:
bosh stop JOB [index]
Note: Do not use
monit stop rabbitmq-server as this does not call the drain scripts.
What happens when I run “bosh stop rabbitmq-server”?
BOSH starts the shutdown sequence from the bootstrap instance.
We start by telling the RabbitMQ application to shutdown and then shutdown the Erlang VM within which it is running. If this succeeds, we run the following checks to ensure that the RabbitMQ application and Erlang VM have stopped:
/var/vcap/sys/run/rabbitmq-server/pidexists, check that the PID inside this file does not point to a running Erlang VM process. Notice that we are tracking the Erlang PID and not the RabbitMQ PID.
- Check that
rabbitmqctldoes not return an Erlang VM PID
Once this completes on the bootstrap instance, BOSH will continue the same sequence on the next instance. All remaining rabbitmq-server instances will be stopped one by one.
What happens when “bosh stop rabbitmq-server” fails?
bosh stop fails, you will likely get an error saying that the drain
script failed with:
result: 1 of 1 drain scripts failed. Failed Jobs: rabbitmq-server.
What do I do when “bosh stop rabbitmq-server” fails?
The drain script logs to
/var/vcap/sys/log/rabbitmq-server/drain.log. If you
have a remote syslog configured, this will appear as the
bosh ssh into the failing rabbitmq-server instance and start the
rabbimtq-server job by running
monit start rabbitmq-server). You will not be
able to start the job via
bosh start as this always runs the drain script first
and will fail since the drain script is failing.
rabbitmq-server job is running, which you can confirm via
monit status, run
/var/vcap/jobs/rabbitmq-server/bin/drain. This tells you exactly why it is