2014-06-17

Add Configuration Test to Logstash Running As A Service


When running Logstash as a service, there is no option to run the --configtest flag. Here's how to add it to the logstash service.

When making changes to the logstash config, if you were to start the Logstash service using service logstash start, the service will start up (it takes a while to do so) and then crash silently if there are errors in the configuration files. It is possible to check the config files beforehand and get a verbose output by using the --configtest flag when starting logstash.

Service Method

Find the logstash service file at /etc/init.d/logstash and add the function configtest after the force_stop function and change the case switch:

...
force_stop() {
  if status ; then
    stop
    status && kill -KILL `cat "$pidfile"`
  fi
}

configtest() {
  args="$args --configtest"
  nice -n ${LS_NICE} chroot --userspec $LS_USER:$LS_GROUP / sh -c "
    cd $LS_HOME
    exec \"$program\" $args
  "
}

case "$1" in
  start)
    status
    code=$?
    if [ $code -eq 0 ]; then
      echo "$name is already running"
    else
      start
      code=$?
    fi
    exit $code
    ;;
  stop) stop ;;
  force-stop) force_stop ;;
  status)
    status
    code=$?
    if [ $code -eq 0 ] ; then
      echo "$name is running"
    else
      echo "$name is not running"
    fi
    exit $code
    ;;
  restart)

    stop && start
    ;;
  configtest)
    configtest
    ;;
  *)
    echo "Usage: $SCRIPTNAME {start|stop|force-stop|status|restart|configtest}" >&2
    exit 3
  ;;
esac

exit $?

This will allow you to run a configuration test without starting the logstash program. Use service logstash configtest to run a config test. It takes a while, so be patient. You might need to prefix it with sudo.

Alternative Method — Direct Run

For completeness, it is possible to run the logstash binary directly to run a config test. The method above simplifies the process.

Use this command to run it directly (you may need to prefix it with sudo):

/opt/logstash/bin/logstash agent -f /etc/logstash/conf.d --configtest

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