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On the client:

# cf-agent -KIv
cf3  -> Handling file existence constraints on /etc/cfengine3
cf3  -> Copy file /etc/cfengine3 from /srv/cfengine/sysconf/server/inputs check
cf3 No existing connection to is established...
cf3 Set cfengine port number to 5308 = 5308
cf3  -> Connect to = on port 5308
cf3 LastSaw host now
cf3 Loaded /var/lib/cfengine3/ppkeys/root-
cf3 .....................[.h.a.i.l.].................................
cf3 Strong authentication of server= connection confirmed
cf3 Server returned error:  Unspecified server refusal (see verbose server output)
cf3 Can't stat /srv/cfengine/sysconf/server/inputs in files.copyfrom promise
cf3  ?> defining promise result class Cfengine_Inputs_Updated_Failed
cf3     .........................................................
cf3     Promise handle: 
cf3     Promise made by: [cf-agent.cf      ] FAILED -> localhost:///etc/cfengine3

However, on the server (, there's no reason why it can't stat the directory:

cyrus:/srv/cfengine/sysconf/server# ls -l /srv/cfengine/sysconf/server/inputs
total 52
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2142 Sep  6 21:54 cf-agent.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  831 Sep  6 18:31 cf-execd.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4517 Sep  6 21:44 cf-serverd.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3082 Sep  6 21:44 dns.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2028 Sep  6 15:12 failsafe.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 5966 Sep  6 21:44 ldap-masters.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4380 Sep  6 18:31 ldap-security.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2735 Sep  6 08:21 lib-core.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1506 Sep  6 21:45 lib-utils.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2635 Sep  6 20:27 lib-vars.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2057 Sep  3 17:46 nss.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1472 Sep  6 18:31 packages.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1257 Sep  6 18:01 pam-security.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4019 Sep  6 19:32 promises.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2808 Sep  3 17:22 site.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1670 Sep  6 18:31 sudo-security.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  831 Sep  6 18:31 sys-security.cf
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  890 Sep  6 18:31 sys-users.cf

I don't see anything interesting server side either when running:

/usr/sbin/cf-serverd -d4 --verbose --no-fork

And the following does not have any complaints:

/usr/sbin/cf-promises -v

Any ideas?

I'm running cfengine3 on debian, v3.0.5+dfsg-1 - and the cf-agent.cf file is as follows:

bundle agent Update {
            action => immediate,
            move_obstructions => "true",
            depth_search => Recursive,
            copy_from => MirrorFrom(
            classes => DefineSoftClass("Cfengine_Inputs_Updated")

            comment => "Setting cf3 client sbin scripts: ${cf3.path[sbin]}/",
            action => immediate,
            depth_search => Recursive,
            copy_from => MirrorFrom(

        "[cf-agent.cf      ] Services:CFAgent:Inputs:Updated";
        "[cf-agent.cf      ] FAILED ${cf3.host[server]}://${cf3.path[scm-inputs]} -> localhost://${cf3.path[inputs]}";

I lie, there is something interesting with a little more debugging...

AccessControl, match(/srv/cfengine/sysconf/server/inputs,client.com.au) encrypt request=1
Examining rule in access list (/srv/cfengine/sysconf/server/inputs,/home/cfengine)?
cf3 Host client.com.au denied access to /srv/cfengine/sysconf/server/inputs
Unappending Host client.com.au denied access to /srv/cfengine/sysconf/server/inputs
cf3 Access control in sync
Unappending Access control in sync
Transaction Send[t 59][Packed text]
Attempting to send 67 bytes
SendSocketStream, sent 67
cf3 From (host=client.com.au,user=root,ip=
Unappending From (host=client.com.au,user=root,ip=
cf3 REFUSAL of request from connecting host: (SYNCH 1283777156 STAT /srv/cfengine/sysconf/server/inputs)
Unappending REFUSAL of request from connecting host: (SYNCH 1283777156 STAT /srv/cfengine/sysconf/server/inputs)
cf3  -> Accepting a connection

I'll keep looking.

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2 Answers 2

I'm an old fart who only has experience with cfengine v2. Anyway, the error messages similar to yours were always because of:

  • a DNS mismatch

  • a relocated server with new hardware etc

  • due SNAT/DNAT at some load-balancer

  • actually not configured keys

Is this problem present everywhere in your system or just with one client?

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Okay, yes it was ACL related, fixed now - thanks for trying though Janne :)

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