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This section contains information on how to troubleshoot Mistral-related issues.
Troubleshooting Mistral Database Upgrade¶
mistral-api services must be stopped at time of upgrading the st2mistral
package and the Mistral database schema. If the st2mistral package has been upgraded and the
services are started before the
mistral-db-manage upgrade head command is run, then the
mistral-db-manage upgrade head command may fail.
mistral-api services run, SQLAlchemy automatically creates tables,
relationships, and indices that do not exist. If there are new database objects in the upgraded
database schema, the
mistral-db-manage upgrade head command will fail because the actual schema
in the database is now different than its spec and it no longer can create the new database
When that happens, the new database tables, relationships, and indices must be deleted before the
mistral-db-manage upgrade head command can be re-run. For more details, review the specific
section for the version being upgraded in Upgrades.
Troubleshooting Mistral Workflow Completion Latency¶
StackStorm interacts with Mistral via HTTP APIs. This applies when kicking off a workflow execution or collecting the results for a running workflow. StackStorm queries Mistral to check on workflow execution status and the status of individual tasks.
The process in StackStorm that does the querying is called
st2resultstracker. It saves the state
of outstanding workflow executions in the database, and once a workflow is complete, deletes the
state from the database. The process uses eventlets to simultaneously query multiple workflow
results. This can consume significant CPU cycles.
As of StackStorm v2.3 onwards, there are two configurable values for controlling this. These are
thread_pool_size (number of eventlets) and
query_interval (interval to space out the
subsequent queries to Mistral for a single execution). You can configure these values by editing
results_tracker section in
[resultstracker] query_interval = 5 # in seconds thread_pool_size = 10
These numbers are subject to load conditions in your infrastructure and the number of workflows
you run. The default value for
query_interval is set to
5 (seconds) which is a balance
between the workflow speed and CPU overhead. With StackStorm 2.2 and
earlier, this value was
0.1. We have now set the default value to
5 seconds to be
conservative. This also means the time to detect a completed workflow in Mistral by StackStorm could
take as long as 5 seconds.
If this is unacceptable for you, you can reduce the
query_interval and also
simultaneously check CPU usage for the
We are reworking the design to use HTTP callbacks from Mistral to StackStorm. Until then, these tunable knobs should help.