STM32Cube FW_F1 V1.8.0 package breaks HAL time source init

As a hobby I’m working on a growbox controller which based on stm32 MCU. Yesterday I got STM32Cube MCU package update, as many times before I just upgraded package and project to latest version, as result firmware started to stuck in assert_failed().

It happens during call of SystemClock_Config() (defined in main.c) which in turn calls  HAL_RCC_ClockConfig(), which in turn calls HAL_InitTick(uwTickPrio) at Drivers/STM32F1xx_HAL_Driver/Src/stm32f1xx_hal_rcc.c:947:

  /* Update the SystemCoreClock global variable */
  SystemCoreClock = HAL_RCC_GetSysClockFreq() >> AHBPrescTable[(RCC->CFGR & RCC_CFGR_HPRE) >> RCC_CFGR_HPRE_Pos];
  /* Configure the source of time base considering new system clocks settings*/
  return HAL_OK;

When it happens uwTickPrio still have invalid interrupt priority, which is defined in Drivers/STM32F1xx_HAL_Driver/Src/stm32f1xx_hal.c:80:

/** @defgroup HAL_Private_Variables HAL Private Variables
  * @{
__IO uint32_t uwTick;
uint32_t uwTickPrio   = (1UL << __NVIC_PRIO_BITS); /* Invalid PRIO */
HAL_TickFreqTypeDef uwTickFreq = HAL_TICK_FREQ_DEFAULT;  /* 1KHz */

Only one place where uwTickPrio can be updated is ./Drivers/STM32F1xx_HAL_Driver/Src/stm32f1xx_hal.c:234:

__weak HAL_StatusTypeDef HAL_InitTick(uint32_t TickPriority)
  /* Configure the SysTick to have interrupt in 1ms time basis*/
  if (HAL_SYSTICK_Config(SystemCoreClock / (1000U / uwTickFreq)) > 0U)
    return HAL_ERROR;
  /* Configure the SysTick IRQ priority */
  if (TickPriority < (1UL << __NVIC_PRIO_BITS))
    HAL_NVIC_SetPriority(SysTick_IRQn, TickPriority, 0U);
    uwTickPrio = TickPriority;
    return HAL_ERROR;
  /* Return function status */
  return HAL_OK;

But this function is redefined in ./Core/Src/stm32f1xx_hal_timebase_tim.c:42:

HAL_StatusTypeDef HAL_InitTick(uint32_t TickPriority)
  RCC_ClkInitTypeDef    clkconfig;
  uint32_t              uwTimclock = 0;
  uint32_t              uwPrescalerValue = 0;
  uint32_t              pFLatency;
  /*Configure the TIM4 IRQ priority */
  HAL_NVIC_SetPriority(TIM4_IRQn, TickPriority ,0);

And doesn’t contain proper uwTickPrio initialization, as result it’s called with invalid TickPriority  and fails into assert_failed() during HAL_NVIC_SetPriority(TIM4_IRQn, TickPriority ,0) call.

How to update puppet 3 to puppet 4 on ubuntu 16

I spent near month to figured out why i can’t update puppet on ubuntu 16 with specially designed puppet_agent module. It was task full of confusing experience.

So, let’s start. For a beginning you shouldn’t debug update process from a console, because one of a bug related to puppet  service. You could solve all problem which you will found with ‘puppet agent -t’ but when you will try  to upgrade puppet when it daemonized, it will fail. So set ‘log_level=info’ in your puppet.conf and use kill to trigger puppet daemon.

 sudo kill -SIGUSR1 $(cat /var/run/puppet/;

Next you should set ‘stringify_facts=false’ into puppet.conf. Now puppet_agent developers declared that they provide additional class ‘::puppet_agent::prepare::stringify_facts’ for that, but when i started upgrade procedure it wasn’t available (or i miss it), so here is external fact to provide stringify_facts settings and puppet.conf path:

require 'puppet'
Facter.add('puppet_config') do
 setcode do
Facter.add('puppet_stringify_facts') do
 setcode do
 Puppet.settings['stringify_facts'] || false

Call it something like puppet.rb and put it into <YOURMODULEDIR>/lib/facter.
Next puppet code will disable stringify_facts before doing upgrade:

if versioncmp($::clientversion, '4') < 0 {
 if $::puppet_stringify_facts {
 augeas { 'puppet.conf.stringify_facts':
 context => "/files${::puppet_config}/main",
 changes => [
 'set stringify_facts false',
 } else {
<Do puppet upgrade here>

If you have puppet service defined somewhere, you will be faced with duplicate service declaration:

Feb 16 09:09:59 localhost puppet-agent[10026]: Could not retrieve catalog from remote server: Error 500 on SERVER: {"message":"Server Error: Evaluation Error: Error while evaluating a Resource Statement, Evaluation Error: Error while evaluating a Resource Statement, Duplicate declaration: Service[puppet] is already declared in file CUT:47; cannot redeclare at /etc/puppetlabs/code/environments/production_puppet4/modules/puppet_agent/manifests/service.pp:31 at /etc/puppetlabs/code/environments/production_puppet4/modules/puppet_agent/manifests/service.pp:31:7 on node llocalhost","issue_kind":"RUNTIME_ERROR","stacktrace":["Warning: The 'stacktrace' property is deprecated and will be removed in a future version of Puppet. For security reasons, stacktraces are not returned with Puppet HTTP Error responses."]}

So you should declare puppet_agent class in next maner:

 class {'::puppet_agent':
 collection => 'PC1',
 service_names => [],
 notify => Service['puppet']

Interesting what will happens now if you will try to update puppet?

Feb 16 09:16:32 localhost puppet-agent[10474]: Caught TERM; exiting
Feb 16 09:16:32 localhost puppet-agent[8171]: Caught TERM; exiting
Feb 16 09:16:32 localhost systemd[1]: Stopping Puppet agent...
Feb 16 09:16:36 localhost systemd[1]: Stopped Puppet agent.

Tadaaam. Now you have barely installed puppet-agent package, deleted previous puppet package and killed puppet daemon:

[email protected]:~$ pgrep -f puppet
[email protected]:~$ dpkg -l|grep puppet
rF puppet 3.8.5-2 all configuration management system, agent
ii puppet-common 3.8.5-2 all configuration management system

It happens because during puppet-agent package installation systemd killed puppet daemon and all its children. So you need to fix unit file first:


Call it something like service.override.conf and put into <YOURMODULEDIR>/files, puppet code to fix that:

if $::os['name'] == 'Ubuntu' and versioncmp($::os['release']['major'], '16') >= 0 {
notify{ "Creating systemd ovveride file":}
 file {'/etc/systemd/system/puppet.service.d/':
 ensure => directory
 file { '/etc/systemd/system/puppet.service.d/override.conf':
 mode => '0644',
 owner => 'root',
 group => 'root',
 source => 'puppet:///modules/puppet/puppet.service.override',
 exec { 'systemd_reload':
 command => 'systemctl daemon-reload',
 path => [ '/usr/bin', '/bin', '/sbin', '/usr/sbin' ],
 refreshonly => true,
 before => Class['::puppet_agent']

I tried to use fact ${::service_provider} instead of ugly os/release condition, but at least puppet 3.8 on ubuntu 16 return ‘debian’ instead of ‘systemd’.

Let’s update puppet?

Feb 16 04:49:14 localhost puppet-agent[10021]: Could not start Service[puppet]: Execution of '/usr/sbin/service puppet start' returned 1: Failed to start puppet.service: Unit puppet.service is masked.
Feb 16 04:49:14 localhost puppet-agent[10021]: (/Stage[main]/Puppet_agent::Service/Service[puppet]/ensure) change from stopped to running failed: Could not start Service[puppet]: Execution of '/usr/sbin/service puppet start' returned 1: Failed to start puppet.service: Unit puppet.service is masked.

Once again puppet render itself stopped, i think it may caused because service provider is debian instead of systemd, i too exhausted to search for right solution, so here another one dirty hack:

 exec { 'puppetagent_transition_restart':
 path => '/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin',
 command => '/opt/puppetlabs/bin/puppet resource service puppet enable=true ensure=running',
 require => Class['::puppet_agent']

That’s all.


List of related bugs below:


Libvirt + vnc + sasl

Error: connection to hypervisor host got refused or disconnected!Yesterday i wanted to configure libvirt with kvm virtualization, while i read comments in config file, i observed, that qemu can share credentials  with  libvirt via sasl. Also i found few how-to, that said ‘just copy /etc/sasl2/libvirt.conf to /etc/sasl2/qemu.conf’.
I done that, but when i tried to open console of VM i got “Error: connection to hypervisor host got refused or disconnected!”.
May be you think, that you can find something interesting in log? Nope. May be you think that you can run virt-manager in debug mode and will see something useful? Nope. The reason, why this happened is because, libvirt  run as root, but they start VM’s as libvirt-qemu user. And sasl2 database has owner root:root and 640 permissions. I changed owner of /etc/libvirt/passwd.db to libvirt-qemu:root and problem is gone.

How to fix ‘Timezone database is corrupt – this should *never* happen!’

Today i upgraded to wheezy. When i entered my blog i observed that it does not work anymore. I looked into logs and found next errors:

[26-Jun-2013 12:59:41 UTC] PHP Fatal error:  date(): Timezone database is corrupt - 
this should *never* happen! in ...
[26-Jun-2013 12:59:49 UTC] PHP Fatal error:  strtotime(): Timezone database is 
corrupt - this should *never* happen! in /html/wp-includes/functions.php on line 33...

After a little investigation I discovered that happens when you use php in chroot enviroment (i using php5-fpm with chroot, so it is my case). I tried to copy /usr/share/zoneinfo in chroot environment with parent dir structure and correct permissions, but nothing change. Somewhere i read that it problem can happen in debian, because maintainers of php packages, patch source files, the solution – is to install tzdatadb:

apt-get install php-pear php5-dev
pecl install timezonedb
echo ''> /etc/php5/mods-available/timezonedb.ini
ln -sf /etc/php5/mods-available/timezonedb.ini /etc/php5/conf.d/30-timezonedb.ini
service php5-fpm restart

After that all work like a charm.


strings /usr/sbin/php5-fpm|grep Quake| head -n8
Quake I save: ddm4 East side invertationa
Quake I save: d7 The incinerator plant
Quake I save: d12 Takahiro laboratories
Quake I save: e1m1 The slipgate complex
Quake I save: e1m2 Castle of the damned
Quake I save: e2m6 The dismal oubliette
Quake I save: e3m4 Satan's dark delight
Quake I save: e4m2 The tower of despair

Easter egg?

Bug in munin

bug in munin traffic graphFew weeks i observed strange graphs for network usage produced by munin, i did not attach any importance to this. But few days ago when i seen again 600Mbit badwidth usage on host that had 10Mbit connection i remembered that before made some changes in munin.conf. I looked at config and found that changed directive ‘graph_period’ to ‘minute’ before(do not remember why). When i change it back to ‘second’, i got normal graphs.