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This page describes what to do in case of an Icinga alert. For more information you could search the govuk-puppet repo for the source of the alert
Last updated: 5 Apr 2022

Athena Fastly Logs Check

The monitoring for Athena has recent results for fastly_logs {database_name} is used to check that we can query a particular Athena database containing GOV.UK CDN log data. It monitors this service by periodically querying each of the monitored databases and checking that they have > 0 results over the preceding hours.

Critical Alert

A critical alert indicates that the database either has no recent results or that the process to query it failed. By looking at the Jenkins console output you should be able to determine which of these situations occurred.

If the database query returned 0 results then this indicates that there is a problem with data being available to query. To determine the cause of this, you should check that:

There is also the possibility that there are no results because there hasn’t been any recent traffic to the particular environment. This is quite unlikely in production, but may be experienced in integration or staging if the GOR traffic replay isn’t running.

If the query failed with an error rather than returning 0 results then it is likely that we have data available but the monitoring is broken. In this case you should inspect the failed Jenkins job for clues as to what is not working. Potential causes could be: broken credentials, change in the AWS CLI tool syntax, or a change in the Athena API.

How to check log file presence and validity

  1. Sign into the AWS console for the appropriate environment.
  2. Browse to S3 and find the govuk-{environment}-fastly-logs bucket.
  3. Navigate through the directories of the database in question to verify a directory exists for the current day, for example govuk_www/year=2020/month=02/date=20.
  4. If a directory exists for the current day check that there are files present from the last few hours (the prefix search can make finding recent files easier), new files should added approximately every 15 minutes and may lag by 30 mins.
  5. If a recent log file is found then you can verify the JSON is valid using jq.
    1. Download the file through S3 web interface.
    2. Run the file through jq to check for errors and to view the JSON structure, for example gunzip -c 2020-02-20T19_45_00.000-nINz8eDOPAd3Uv1Mq-jW.log.gz | jq.
    3. If there are errors parsing the JSON you should check the contents of the file to identify the problem.

If you find that log files are not being written to S3 or the JSON is invalid you should log into the Fastly control panel (credentials are available in govuk-secrets) and check the logging configuration of the service in question. The expected JSON formatting of CDN logs is defined in the infra-fastly-logs terraform project and this should be checked to see if it was changed recently and/or matches what is defined in the Fastly console.

How to check the “GOV.UK fastly logs” crawler

  1. Sign into the AWS console for the appropriate environment.
  2. Browse to AWS Glue and navigate to the “Crawlers” section.
  3. Find the crawler appropriate for the database, for example “Assets fastly logs” is for the “govuk_assets” database.
  4. View the logs from the last run by clicking the “Logs” link.
  5. Check the crawler has run in a recent time period (it should run once every 4 hours).

Any issues in the logs should help indicate where a problem may be. For example, if you see entries indicating that many files don’t match the expected schema it may be that the database schema and JSON structure don’t match. If you find any discrepancies or that the crawler isn’t running you should check that the configuration is correct in the infra-fastly-logs terraform project and that the configuration is applied.

Freshness warning

A freshness warning indicates that the Jenkins job to monitor the alerts has not reported a success or failure in a sufficiently long time period.

Causes for this could be: the Jenkins job no longer exists; the job has been misconfigured and isn’t able to run on a schedule anymore; or the job is running and there is a problem reporting it’s completed status.

To resolve these issues you should investigate Jenkins for signs of problems in the job and any downstream jobs it triggers.