Foreman 3.6 release candidate feedback

This topic is here to collect feedback. With Foreman 3.5 we had some discussion in the release announcement, but not everyone can post there. Please let us know if what your feedback is. This may be bugs, but also feedback on anything else like experience or documentation.

Hello, foreman_discovery makes installation to fail, due to the migration. It has been fixed at Fixes #36006 - Migration error 'column settings.category does not exist' · theforeman/foreman_discovery@9b52424 · GitHub but we need a release for 3.6.

Also, after running

foreman-installer   \
--enable-foreman-plugin-discovery \
--enable-foreman-proxy-plugin-discovery \

The installer fails with

2023-03-08 21:08:27 [NOTICE] [root] Loading installer configuration. This will take some time.
2023-03-08 21:08:39 [NOTICE] [root] Running installer with log based terminal output at level NOTICE.
2023-03-08 21:08:39 [NOTICE] [root] Use -l to set the terminal output log level to ERROR, WARN, NOTICE, INFO, or DEBUG. See --full-help for definitions.
2023-03-08 21:08:57 [NOTICE] [configure] Starting system configuration.
2023-03-08 21:09:33 [NOTICE] [configure] 750 configuration steps out of 1046 steps complete.
2023-03-08 21:10:36 [NOTICE] [configure] 1000 configuration steps out of 1046 steps complete.
2023-03-08 21:10:44 [ERROR ] [configure] Proxy has failed to load one or more features (Discovery), check /var/log/foreman-proxy/proxy.log for configuration errors
2023-03-08 21:10:44 [ERROR ] [configure] /Stage[main]/Foreman_proxy::Register/Foreman_smartproxy[]/features: change from ["Ansible", "Dynflow", "HTTPBoot", "Logs", "Puppet CA", "Script", "TFTP"] to ["Ansible", "Discovery", "Dynflow", "Logs", "Puppet CA", "Script", "TFTP"] failed: Proxy has failed to load one or more features (Discovery), check /var/log/foreman-proxy/proxy.log for configuration errors
2023-03-08 21:10:45 [ERROR ] [configure] /Stage[main]/Foreman_proxy::Register/Foreman_smartproxy[]: Failed to call refresh: Proxy has failed to load one or more features (Discovery), check /var/log/foreman-proxy/proxy.log for configuration errors
2023-03-08 21:10:45 [ERROR ] [configure] /Stage[main]/Foreman_proxy::Register/Foreman_smartproxy[]: Proxy has failed to load one or more features (Discovery), check /var/log/foreman-proxy/proxy.log for configuration errors
2023-03-08 21:10:53 [NOTICE] [configure] System configuration has finished.

however the proxy.log does not contain any issue and the proxy in foreman UI shows the discovery feature just right.

foreman_discovery packaging PR: Update rubygem-foreman_discovery to 22.0.4 by Ron-Lavi · Pull Request #9159 · theforeman/foreman-packaging · GitHub

I will also cherry-pick it into 3.6 once it’s merged


Do you have in plan to add foreman-maintain command to Debian/Ubuntu?


You may have missed that we added foreman-maintain Debian support with Foreman 3.4:

The documentation may not reflect this yet, so it’s easy to miss.

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thanks for your replay @ekohl we use Ubuntu 20.04 :

root@test-srv:~# foreman-maintain
foreman-maintain: command not found
root@test-srv:~# dpkg-query -l | grep foreman
ii  foreman                                3.5.1-1+ubuntu2004                amd64        Systems management web interface
ii  foreman-cli                            3.5.1-1+ubuntu2004                all          metapackage providing hammer CLI for Foreman
ii  foreman-debug                          3.5.1-1+ubuntu2004                all          provides support utility foreman-debug.
ii  foreman-dynflow-sidekiq                3.5.1-1+ubuntu2004                all          package providing dynflow sidekiq services for Foreman
ii  foreman-installer                      3.5.1-1+ubuntu2004                all          Automated puppet-based installer for The Foreman
ii  foreman-postgresql                     3.5.1-1+ubuntu2004                all          metapackage providing PostgreSQL dependencies for Foreman
ii  foreman-proxy                          3.5.1-1+ubuntu2004                all          RESTful proxies for DNS, DHCP, TFTP, and Puppet
ii  foreman-service                        3.5.1-1+ubuntu2004                all          package providing Foreman services running via puma
ii  ruby-foreman-column-view               0.4.0-2                           all          Foreman Column View Plugin
ii  ruby-foreman-deface                    1.9.0-2                           all          Foreman Deface Plugin Dependency
ii  ruby-foreman-puppet                    5.0.0-1                           all          Foreman Puppet Plugin
ii  ruby-hammer-cli-foreman                3.5.0-1+ubuntu2004                all          Foreman commands for Hammer
ii  ruby-hammer-cli-foreman-puppet         0.0.6-1                           all          Foreman Puppet plugin for Hammer CLI

Looking at I see ruby-foreman-maintain or the other way round it is at Index of /pool/focal/3.5/r/ruby-foreman-maintain. So it should be available for you.

This lists the installed packages. apt search foreman-maintain should list it as available though.

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I install it as you suggest:

> root@test-srv:~# apt install ruby-foreman-maintain
> root@test-srv:~# foreman-maintain --help
> Usage:
>     foreman-maintain [OPTIONS] SUBCOMMAND [ARG] ...
> Parameters:
>     SUBCOMMAND                    subcommand
>     [ARG] ...                     subcommand arguments
> Subcommands:
>     health                        Health related commands
>     upgrade                       Upgrade related commands
>     service                       Control applicable services
>     backup                        Backup server
>     restore                       Restore a backup
>     packages                      Lock/Unlock package protection, install, update
>     advanced                      Advanced tools for server maintenance
>     content                       Content related commands
>     plugin                        Manage optional plugins on your server
>     self-upgrade                  Perform major version self upgrade
>     maintenance-mode              Control maintenance-mode for application
> Options:
>     -h, --help                    print help

is there a documentation for the foreman-maintain ?

At least some at Foreman :: Plugin Manuals

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I think that’s very old. The idea is to get ready, which uses it when needed. See Making the primary documentation source for that plan.

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this help me a lot: Foreman-maintain deep dive for all others…

In DB migration failure installing remote execution plugin, remote-execution was reported to be broken in 3.6 due to settings.category migrations which I would assume is caused by This seems to be fixed in Fixes #36003 - Migration error 'column settings.category does not exist' by stejskalleos · Pull Request #778 · theforeman/foreman_remote_execution · GitHub, but that PR is (from what I can tell) only in remote-execution 9.1, while 3.6 plugin repos only ship 9.0.
I would assume a release of remote-exection 9.1 to the 3.6 plugin repos should fix this, but maybe someone with better knowledge can take a look.