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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

Email Alert API: Incomplete digest runs

Incomplete digest runs (digest_runs)

This means that there are some digest runs which haven’t been processed within the time we would expect.

  • warning - digest_runs unprocessed for over 20 minutes
  • critical - digest_runs unprocessed for over 1 hour

See the DigestEmailGenerationWorker for more information.

Check which digest runs are affected

DigestRun.where("created_at < ?", 1.hour.ago).where(completed_at: nil)

Although the digest run failed, it could be that it was successful for the majority of recipients and only one delivery failed. To get an idea of the scale of the problem:

digest_run = DigestRun.where("created_at < ?", 1.hour.ago).where(completed_at: nil).first

# check the number of subscribers on the digest run

# check the number of subscribers where a success wasn't reported

If it’s only one or two digest run subscribers that failed, we can try re-running the worker individually:

digest_run_subscriber = digest_run.digest_run_subscribers.incomplete_for_run(

This should at least alert you to the issue. For example, you may see this error:

ActiveRecord::RecordNotUnique (PG::UniqueViolation: ERROR: duplicate key value violates unique constraint “index_subscription_contents_on_subscription_and_content_change”) DETAIL: Key (subscription_id, content_change_id)=(ddee30d5-fe1f-42ca-bc33-1004c93a8625, cdbe3251-4bc7-436f-adff-8a778c74eb94) already exists.

You can use these values to dig in further:

SubscriptionContent.find_by(subscription_id: "ddee30d5-fe1f-42ca-bc33-1004c93a8625", content_change_id: "cdbe3251-4bc7-436f-adff-8a778c74eb94").email
=> #<Email subject: "Update from GOV.UK – Somalia travel advice", body: "Update on GOV.UK.\n\n---\n[Somalia travel advice](htt...", created_at: "2020-03-16 12:04:00", updated_at: "2020-03-16 12:49:24", address: "REDACTED", id: "05576896-1b74-4c6f-9744-7657fd752b69", finished_sending_at: "2020-03-16 12:49:22", archived_at: "2020-03-16 13:31:57", subscriber_id: 1834366, status: "sent", failure_reason: nil, marked_as_spam: nil>

We can see in this example that the email was actually delivered (status: "sent"), so the only thing that failed was marking the delivery as complete. We can then resolve by:


You may also need to run to re-send the counts to statsd so that the alert gets removed from Icinga.

Still stuck?

Read email troubleshooting.

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