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Calamari on Ubuntu 14.04 with Firefly

Calamari is great console developed by the Inktank Team, but the process, building it, was a very difficult and laborious process. The good news is that now they are building binary packages and put them in a repository that make the calamari installation a lot easier. Although, the packages are in a dev stage the console is very usable. The repository can be found here:

To set the repository run the following command:

echo "deb trusty main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/calamari.list

Then get the repository key:

wget -q -O- ';a=blob_plain;f=keys/autobuild.asc' | sudo apt-key add -

And finally install the packages:

$ sudo apt-get install calamari-server calamari-clients

Run initialize

$ sudo calamari-ctl initialize
[INFO] Loading configuration..
[INFO] Starting/enabling salt...
[INFO] Starting/enabling postgres...
[INFO] Updating database...
[INFO] Initializing web interface...
[INFO] Starting/enabling services...
[INFO] Updating already connected nodes.
[INFO] Restarting services...
[INFO] Complete.

If you want to go through the process of building the packages for yourself, you can do it with the help of these guides:

In fact, I have to built the calamari-server package from the sources because I couldn’t make it work in my server, the initialize process always finished with errors. I guess there was some bug in the binary package that was fixed in the sources. To save time to you, if you want to install the package I built, you can get it here: calamari-server_1.3.0.1-111-g208b255_amd64.deb

I the case that you built the packages from the sources or used the package I post here you should check this post too.

Calamari needs saltstack to run, but I faced issues with the last versions of saltstack, I guess calamari is only compatible with the branch 2014-7 of saltstack. To install this version you can add this repository:

echo "deb trusty main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/saltstack-salt-trusty.list

Install de repository key:

gpg --keyserver --recv-key 0E27C0A6 && gpg -a --export 0E27C0A6 | sudo apt-key add -

Or simply run this command to get the repository working on your machine:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saltstack/salt2014-7

Now you can install the salt-master and salt-minion if needed:

$ sudo apt-get install salt-master

You have to be sure that in your ceph nodes you have the same salt version that you have in your master:

$ sudo dpkg -l | grep salt
ii  salt-common                          2014.7.5+ds-1ubuntu1             all          shared libraries that salt requires for all packages
ii  salt-master                          2014.7.5+ds-1ubuntu1             all          remote manager to administer servers via salt
ii  salt-minion                          2014.7.5+ds-1ubuntu1             all          client package for salt, the distributed remote execution system

You can check if the clamari services are working Ok:

$ sudo supervisorctl status
carbon-cache                     RUNNING    pid 1088, uptime 23:19:02
cthulhu                          RUNNING    pid 27734, uptime 0:15:00

If something is wrong you should check the /var/log/calamri directory


calamari initialize on ubuntu 14.04: ImportError: No module named _io

After installing calamari on Ubuntu 14.04 trusty I run initialize script but got the following error:

#calamari-ctl initialize
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/bin/calamari-ctl", line 9, in 
load_entry_point('calamari-cthulhu==0.1', 'console_scripts', 'calamari-ctl')()
File "/opt/calamari/venv/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/distribute-0.6.24-py2.7.egg/", line 337, in load_entry_point
return get_distribution(dist).load_entry_point(group, name)
File "/opt/calamari/venv/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/distribute-0.6.24-py2.7.egg/", line 2279, in load_entry_point
return ep.load()
File "/opt/calamari/venv/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/distribute-0.6.24-py2.7.egg/", line 1989, in load
entry = __import__(self.module_name, globals(),globals(), ['__name__'])
File "/opt/calamari/venv/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/calamari_cthulhu-0.1-py2.7.egg/cthulhu/", line 6, in 
import tempfile
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 32, in 
import io as _io
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 51, in 
import _io
ImportError: No module named _io

To fix:

# mv /opt/calamari/venv/local/bin/python /opt/calamari/venv/local/bin/pythonOLD
# cp /usr/bin/python2.7 /opt/calamari/venv/local/bin/python

And then:

# calamari-ctl initialize
[INFO] Loading configuration..
[INFO] Starting/enabling salt...
[INFO] Starting/enabling postgres...
[INFO] Initializing database...
[INFO] Initializing web interface...
[INFO] You will now be prompted for login details for the administrative user account. This is the account you will use to log into the web interface once setup is complete.
Username (leave blank to use 'root'):
Email address: user@domain
Password (again):
Superuser created successfully.
[INFO] Starting/enabling services...
[INFO] Restarting services...
[INFO] Complete.