Troubleshooting Instances

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This topic provides basic instructions for app developers troubleshooting Redis On-Demand for Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF).

Debugging Using the CF CLI

See the table below for Cloud Foundry Command Line Interface (cf CLI) commands commonly used while debugging:

To view the… Command
API endpoint, org, and space cf target
Service offerings available in the targeted org and space cf marketplace
Apps deployed to the targeted org and space cf apps
Service instances deployed to the targeted org and space cf services
GUID for a given service instance cf service SERVICE-INSTANCE --guid
Service instance or application logs cf tail SERVICE-INSTANCE/APP

Temporary Outages

Redis for PCF service instances can become temporarily inaccessible during upgrades and VM or network failures.


You may see an error when using the Cloud Foundry Command-Line Interface (cf CLI) to perform basic operations on a Redis for PCF service instance:

  • cf create
  • cf update
  • cf bind
  • cf unbind
  • cf delete

Parse a Cloud Foundry (CF) Error Message

Failed operations (create, update, bind, unbind, delete) result in an error message. You can retrieve the error message later by running the cf CLI command cf service INSTANCE-NAME.

$ cf service myservice

Service instance: myservice
Service: super-db
Bound apps:
Plan: dedicated-vm
Description: Dedicated Instance
Documentation url:

Last Operation
Status: create failed
Message: Instance provisioning failed: There was a problem completing your request.
     Please contact your operations team providing the following information:
     service: redis-acceptance,
     service-instance-guid: ae9e232c-0bd5-4684-af27-1b08b0c70089,
     broker-request-id: 63da3a35-24aa-4183-aec6-db8294506bac,
     task-id: 442,
     operation: create
Started: 2017-03-13T10:16:55Z
Updated: 2017-03-13T10:17:58Z

Use the information in the Message field to debug further. Provide this information to Pivotal Support when filing a ticket.

The task-id field maps to the BOSH task ID. For more information on a failed BOSH task, use the bosh task TASK-ID.

The broker-request-guid maps to the portion of the On-Demand Broker log containing the failed step. Access the broker log through your syslog aggregator, or access BOSH logs for the broker by typing bosh logs broker 0. If you have more than one broker instance, repeat this process for each instance.

Retrieve Service Instance Information

  1. Log into the space containing the instance or failed instance.

    $ cf login

  2. If you do not know the name of the service instance, run cf services to see a listing of all service instances in the space. The service instances are listed in the name column.

    $ cf services
    Getting services in org my-org / space my-space as
    name          service      plan           bound apps    last operation
    my-instance   p.redis      cache-small                  create succeeded

  3. Run cf service SERVICE-INSTANCE-NAME to retrieve more information about a specific instance.

  4. Run cf service SERVICE-INSTANCE-NAME --guid to retrieve the GUID of the instance, which is useful for debugging.

  5. Redis for PCF v1.14 and later: Run cf tail SERVICE-INSTANCE-NAME/APP-NAME to retrieve the service instance of the app logs if the Log Cache CLI plugin is enabled. See Log Cache CLI plugin.

Retrieve the Password for a Redis Service Instance

If you want to access the Redis server for troubleshooting, you can find a Redis service instance password by creating a new service key.

Note: Pivotal recommends that you use this key for troubleshooting only, and that you delete the key after troubleshooting by using the command cf delete-service-key SERVICE-INSTANCE KEY-NAME.

For instructions on how to retrieve the password, see [Retrieve the Password for a Redis Service Instance](./using.html#call). ### Error: Failed to Set Credentials in Credential Store

If you encounter:

error: failed to set credentials in credential store:
The request includes an unrecognized parameter 'mode'.
Please update or remove this parameter and retry your request.

after upgrading from PCF 2.3 to 2.4, it is likely because one or more installed on-demand brokers were not restarted during the upgrade. To clear the cached server version and enable your on-demand brokers to communicate with CredHub v2, do the procedure in Run BOSH Restart on Your On-Demand Service Brokers.

Error Messages from the Redis Client

Certain errors are returned to the Redis client instead of being recorded in the logs. The Redis protocol represents errors as simple strings beginning with a - character.

This section helps to troubleshoot the following errors:

Maximum Number of Clients Reached


You receive the following error:

-ERR max number of clients reached


This is usually caused by apps opening multiple client connections to Redis.


Share or pool Redis connections within an app. Redis for PCF configures Redis to accept 10000 client connections. This can be confirmed by running the INFO command using the Redis CLI.

Maxmemory Limit Reached


You receive the following error:

-OOM command not allowed when used memory > 'maxmemory'.


This occurs when the Redis server has reached its maxmemory limit.


Consider changing your maxmemory-policy. You can update this using the cf update-service parameters. For how to do this, see Customize an On-Demand Service Instance.

Error When Running the Save Command


You receive the following error message when running redis-cli SAVE or issuing the save command using another Redis client:



This might occur when the Redis server’s disk is full.


A more informative message might be logged in the syslog. For more information, see Syslog Errors.

Unknown Command Error


You receive the following error message when running redis-cli COMMAND or issuing a command using another Redis client:

-ERR unknown command


For security reasons, certain commands such as CONFIG, SAVE, and BGSAVE are not available by default.


Talk to your operator about the availability of the command.

Knowledge Base (Community)

Find the answer to your question and browse product discussions and solutions by searching the Pivotal Knowledge Base.

File a Support Ticket

You can file a support ticket here. Be sure to provide the error message from cf service YOUR-SERVICE-INSTANCE.

To expedite troubleshooting, if possible, provide your service broker logs, service instance logs, and BOSH task output. Your cloud operator should be able to obtain these from your error message.