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RE: Unable to lookup hostname or cfengine service

From: Atom Powers
Subject: RE: Unable to lookup hostname or cfengine service
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 10:18:36 -0800

I've just started using cfengine and I'm having a similar problem on some of
my systems. But I know the hostname and cfengine service are working. It can
copy the files into /var/cfengine/inputs (from update.conf), but not the copy
commands in my cf.main. This same script works on some systems, but seems not
to work on the ones that are dual-homed. Cfengine v.2.1.10, FreeBSD 5.3
(server and clients) and FreeBSD 4.10 (clients).

>sudo cfagent -v
Connect to = on port cfengine
cfengine:titan0: Unable to lookup hostname or cfengine service: No address
associated with hostname
cfengine:titan0: Couldn't open a socket
cfengine:titan0: Unable to establish connection with

>host has address

>host domain name pointer

>grep cfengine /etc/services
cfengine        5308/tcp
cfengine        5308/udp

[from vesta0]
>netstat -a | grep cfengine
tcp4       0      0  *.cfengine             *.*                    LISTEN

Perfection is just a word I use occasionally with mustard.

Atom Powers
Systems Administrator
Pyramid Breweries Inc.
206.682.8322 x251
-----Original Message-----
From: address@hidden
[mailto:address@hidden On Behalf Of
Chris Kacoroski
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 8:53 AM
To: address@hidden
Cc: address@hidden
Subject: Re: Unable to lookup hostname or cfengine service


Be sure you have forward and reverse lookups working for the client and
server from both the client and server.  If this is working, run it with the
-d1 switch to get more detailed debugging information.,



address@hidden wrote:
> Hello All,
> I am running into a rather odd error when executing cfrun that seems 
> to indicate a hostname lookup failure or an entry missing from
> The hostname is resolvable via dns and the resolver order on the 
> machines are ordered: hosts, dns. Other programs that use the resolver 
> libraries are able to resolve the name with no problems(short name or
> An entry for cfengine is in /etc/service associated with port 5308 tcp 
> and udp.
> This error only seems to occurs when using cfrun; it does not occur if 
> cfagent or cfexed is used.  Regularly schedule runs also do not 
> produce the problem.
> The problem is occurring on Linux and Solaris alike.
> I am running version 2.1.7p1 of cfengine on all platforms.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated.
> Thank You.
> Following are snips from the logs...(logs are from client machines)
> Linux RedHat ES3.0 /var/log/message
> Jan 11 10:40:08 zoe cfservd[812]:  Unable to lookup hostname (nosy.() 
> or cfengine service: Name or service not known
> Solaris 9 /var/adm/message
> Jan 11 15:39:58 mccoy cfservd[363]: [ID 823470 daemon.error]  Unable 
> to lookup hostname (nosy.() or cfengine service: host/servname not 
> known
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Chris "Ski" Kacoroski, address@hidden, 425-489-6263

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