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Troubleshooting etcd nodes using SSH

Tectonic etcd nodes are not assigned a public IP address, only the master node are. To debug an etcd node, SSH to it through a master (bastion host) or use a VPN connected to the internal network.

To do so, perform the following:

Set up SSH agent forwarding

Once a passphrase of the local ssh key is added to ssh-agent, you will not be prompted for the credentials the next time connecting to nodes via SSH or SCP. The following instructions outline adding a passphrase to the ssh-agent on the system.

  1. At the terminal, enter:

$ eval ssh-agent

  1. Run the following:

$ ssh-add

The ssh-add command prompts for a private key passphrase and adds it to the list maintained by ssh-agent.

  1. Enter your private key passphrase.

  2. Before logging out, run the following:


To automatically run this command when logging out, place it in the .logout file if you are using csh or tcsh. Place the command in the .bash_logout file if you are using bash.

Connect to a master node

SSH to a master node with its EXTERNAL-IP, providing the -A flag to forward the local ssh-agent. Add the -i option giving the location of the ssh key known to Tectonic:

$ ssh -A core@ -i /path/to/tectonic/cluster/ssh/key

Get the IP address of the etcd nodes

Run the following command on the master instance:

core@ip-10-0-23-37 ~ $ grep etcd /opt/tectonic/manifests/kube-apiserver.yaml 
        - --etcd-servers=

Connect to an etcd node

# From the master node
$ ssh core@

To investigate issues with etcd, execute:

$ systemctl status etcd-member && journalctl etcd-member