Fixing issues with lava-tool

When using lava-tool submit-job manually, this error can be misleading:

ERROR: Username provided but no token found.

lava-tool is exact about the complete URL (not just the username), so if you added authentication using http:// then the lookup will fail if you submit using https://.

Submitting jobs from a script

When submitting a job using lava-tool submit-job, the user is requested to enter the password to open the keyring which stores the lava token. When submitting a job from a script, the user can skip this step by adding the credentials in the URL to the instance.

$ lava-tool submit-job http://<login>:<token>@localhost/RPC2/

You can also use XML-RPC directly:

import xmlrpclib
username = "USERNAME"
token = "TOKEN_STRING"
hostname = "HOSTNAME"
server = xmlrpclib.ServerProxy("http://%s:%s@%s/RPC2" % (username, token, hostname))
print server.system.listMethods()

gnomekeyring.IOError when submitting over ssh.

$ lava-tool auth-add http://administrator@
Paste token for http://administrator@
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/keyring/", line
  163, in set_password
    password, True)

This error occurs because the python functions that LAVA uses will store the connection credentials in the Gnome keyring, if it is available (default with current Gnome desktops). When you connect over SSH, you will be unable to unlock the keyring, and you will see this error. There are several methods available that can be used to provide remote access.

  • Use a server version of Debian (or a remove the Gnome Keyring)

  • Unset the DISPLAY environment variable in your shell (this will make the keyring library not use the GNOME keyring)

  • Setup and use a file-based key ring:

    mkdir ~/.cache/keyring
    echo '
    ' > ~/keyringrc.cfg
  • Use a remote xmlrpclib call:

    import xmlrpclib
    import yaml
    config = yaml.dumps({ ... })

Locked keyrings “locked collection”

lava-tool auth-add can fail with a message:

cannot create an item in a locked collection.

This results from a locked Gnome keyring and this can be unlocked in the python console:

Your keyring password will need to be entered into the python console to unlock and you will need to be outside of the lava instance (or call /usr/bin/python) to do it:

$ python
>>> import gnomekeyring
>>> gnomekeyring.unlock_sync(None, 'mypassword');

if that fails, see gnomekeyring.IOError above.