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How can I get Puppet to show me the real error when it starts Apache and there's a problem? Is it a limitation of Puppet? Of Apache? Of how I put them together?

I've created a Puppet module for Apache. (I know there's one already, but I'm doing the tutorial.) When I run the module via puppet agent --test, Apache fails to start. I know it's because one of the Apache modules in httpd.conf isn't installed. Fair enough. But I don't see the exact error message in my agent run. I just see this:

Info: /Stage[main]/Apache/File[httpd.conf]: Scheduling refresh of Service[httpd] Error: Could not start Service[httpd]: Execution of '/sbin/service httpd start' returned 1: Error: /Stage[main]/Apache/Service[httpd]/ensure: change from stopped to running failed: Could not start Service[httpd]: Execution of '/sbin/service httpd start' returned 1:

Then, when I try starting Apache myself, I see the useful error message.

[root@learn apache]# service httpd start Starting httpd: httpd: Syntax error on line 197 of /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf: Cannot load /etc/httpd/modules/ into server: /etc/httpd/modules/ cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Seems like Puppet ought to be telling me what actually happened.

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AFAIK, that's all you can get.

Puppet runs the init script and can only check the return code. So I always use the same method like you did, just run the init script manually and look at the error.

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Unless someone else tells me otherwise pretty soon, you're getting the check mark. – Ladlestein Feb 15 '14 at 3:30

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