Reporting bugs

In this guide, we will show you how to:

  1. Collect logs to support your bug report.

  2. File bugs to the upstream cloud-init project via GitHub Issues.

  3. Report issues for distro-specific packages.

Collect logs

To aid in debugging, please collect the necessary logs. To do so, run the collect-logs subcommand to produce a tarfile that you can easily upload:

$ sudo cloud-init collect-logs

Example output:

Wrote /home/ubuntu/cloud-init.tar.gz

If your version of cloud-init does not have the collect-logs subcommand, then please manually collect the base log files by running the following:

$ sudo dmesg > dmesg.txt
$ sudo journalctl -o short-precise > journal.txt
$ sudo tar -cvf cloud-init.tar dmesg.txt journal.txt /run/cloud-init \
   /var/log/cloud-init.log /var/log/cloud-init-output.log

Report upstream bugs

Bugs for upstream cloud-init are tracked using GitHub Issues. To file a bug:

  1. Collect the necessary debug logs as described above.

  2. Report an upstream cloud-init bug on GitHub.

If debug logs are not provided, you will be asked for them before any further time is spent debugging. If you are unable to obtain the required logs please explain why in the bug.

If your bug is for a specific distro using cloud-init, please first consider reporting it with the downstream distro or confirm that it still occurs with the latest upstream cloud-init code. See the following section for details on specific distro reporting.

Distro-specific issues

For issues specific to your distro please use one of the following distro-specific reporting mechanisms:


To report a bug on Ubuntu use the ubuntu-bug command on the affected system to automatically collect the necessary logs and file a bug on Launchpad:

$ ubuntu-bug cloud-init

If that does not work or is not an option, please collect the logs using the commands in the above Collect Logs section and then report the bug on the Ubuntu bug tracker. Make sure to attach your collected logs!


To file a bug against the Debian package of cloud-init please use the Debian bug tracker to file against ‘Package: cloud-init’. See the Debian bug reporting wiki page for more details.

Red Hat, CentOS and Fedora

To file a bug against the Red Hat or Fedora packages of cloud-init please use the Red Hat bugzilla.

SUSE and openSUSE

To file a bug against the SUSE packages of cloud-init please use the SUSE bugzilla.

Arch Linux

To file a bug against the Arch package of cloud-init please use the Arch Linux Bugtracker. See the Arch Linux bug reporting wiki for more details.