[rabbitmq-discuss] FYI: RabbitMQ default installation broken on Ubuntu (potential all Debian-likes)

René Gallati regal at nine.ch
Fri Sep 7 17:04:40 BST 2012

On 09/07/2012 05:50 PM, Emile Joubert wrote:
> Hi René,
> On 07/09/12 14:49, Rene Gallati wrote:
>> as a service provider I was tasked to install RabbitMQ for a customer
>> system. No problem, it's in Ubuntu's default repository, right?
> While not addressing your question I want to point out that version
> 2.7.1-0ubuntu4 shipping with 12.04 LTS makes it especially difficult to
> diagnose startup errors like the one you encountered and should
> therefore be avoided. You will find that the startup error log
> (/var/log/rabbitmq/startup_err by default) contains the frustratingly
> glib "rabbitmq failed to start" in case any error occurs. If at all
> possible use the latest version from the rabbitmq.com website instead.

Yeah I tripped on that too. That was when I removed it and installed the 
one from the official repository as detailed in 

That one then had better logging and told me "unable to resolve 
hostname" which brought me to the solution. Since the problem seems to 
exist in both versions and I found some forums/messages about "not 
resolving" at startup and how to fix it (via NODENAME entry) and came to 
the findings I am detailing here I thought I need to let you know.

Currently my workaround is simply to force a pre-existing configuration 
file down to the host in question with NODENAME set so the installation 
of the package does not trigger errors and consequently alerts. We're a 
service provider with thousands of managed services and hosts and we 
don't install programs by hand but via management software (in this 
case: puppet) so throwing an error at package installation is a big 
no-no for us.

Happy weekend


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