Running multiple Salt States at a time on same Minion

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Abul Barakath

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Aug 7, 2014, 10:15:40 AM8/7/14
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Hi Experts,

 

When we run Salt States using “salt-call state.sls <state name>” for multiple states at a time we are getting errors like below and it is failing. So, running multiple states at a time not supported? We are with Salt master & minion version of 2014.1.7.  

 

We have actually scheduled running “state.sls” via scheduler and it is sometimes quite difficult to control the timing. Is there a way that we can work around this issue?

 

“The function "state.sls" is running as PID 5348 and was started at 2014, Aug 07 06:42:49.868240 with jid 20140807064249868240”

 

Thank you.

 

Regards,

Abul

Colton Myers

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Aug 29, 2014, 7:07:09 PM8/29/14
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The state system is not architected with parallel execution in mind.  Much like a package management system, the complexity would be too high.  So we have a state lock in place which makes it so that multiple state runs cannot be run at the same time.

I think what you're looking for is the `queue` argument [1].  Note that queued state runs don't timeout, so if a state run gets stuck, it will just wait forever.  Open issue to fix is here [2].


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Ryan Lane

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Aug 29, 2014, 10:26:54 PM8/29/14
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In 2014.7 you can run state.sls with concurrent=True, but it's dangerous unless you know your states won't conflict with each other when you're running them concurrently.


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Benjamen Keroack

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Aug 30, 2014, 11:06:32 AM8/30/14
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concurrent=True appears to be completely broken for Windows minions, according to my testing.

Ethan Erchinger

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Aug 30, 2014, 11:40:46 AM8/30/14
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If all you want is to run multiple states, but not necessarily in parallel, just provide a comma separated list of states to run. As documented here.

http://docs.saltstack.com/en/latest/ref/modules/all/salt.modules.state.html

Weston McNamee

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Jun 1, 2015, 12:05:00 PM6/1/15
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@Benjamen,

Did you file a issue on the SaltStack github repo? If so, can you point me to it? I couldn't find one when I searched.
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