The vdsmd startup failing problem is now resolved :) The root cause was that 
the /etc/sudoers file (that we maintain a customized version of which thru 
Ansible) was missing the "#includedir /etc/sudoers.d" stanza, which caused a 
sudo problem with the vdsmd startup, since the sudoers include file "50-vdsm" 
wasn't being parsed.

In going back and reviewing the thread, this was the first post that pointed 
out the real problem...

-----Original Message-----
From: Fabian Deutsch [mailto:fdeutsch at] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 01, 2015 12:58 AM
To: Will Dennis
Cc: Simone Tiraboschi; users
Subject: Re: [ovirt-users] Problem with hosted engine setup - vsdmd does not 

On Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 4:52 AM, Will Dennis <wdennis at> wrote:
> Any clues out of the strace of vdsm?

read(9, "sudo: a password is required\n", 4096) = 29

Could it be that sudo is not configured to operate passwordless?

The strat-up can then fail, because sudo requires a ty, but this isn't 
available during service start.

- fabian

> On Nov 25, 2015, at 11:29 AM, Simone Tiraboschi <stirabos at> 
> wrote:
>> On Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 5:22 PM, Willard Dennis <wdennis at> 
>> wrote:
>> [root at ovirt-node-01 ~]# sudo -u vdsm /bin/bash
>> bash-4.2$ /usr/share/vdsm/vdsm
>> bash-4.2$ echo $?
>> 1
> Can you please use strace on it?

-----Message End-----

However, not knowing about the missing sudoers include file, we continued to 
chase a vdsm config problem (uninstall / reinstall vdsm RPM pkgs, & use 
"vdsm-tool configure --force")

Shame on me, it looks like I didn't think to check /var/log/messages for 
"vdsm"-string entries until today, where we found the "vdsm user could not 
manage to run sudo operation: (stderr: ['sudo: sorry, you must have a tty to 
run sudo']). Verify sudoer rules configuration” message that ultimately led to 
the solution :(

However, not sure if it's possible to do so, but could /usr/share/vdsm/vdsm be 
made to emit a error to STDERR if it cannot run correctly? That's the only 
thing I could think of that may have helped me to resolve this earlier with 
what I did do...

Thanks for everyone's kind assistance, this really is a great community! :)

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