Troubleshooting Cloud Endpoints on Compute Engine

This page presents troubleshooting techniques when the Extensible Service Proxy (ESP) is deployed on a Compute Engine virtual machine (VM).

Viewing logs on the VM instance

You can troubleshoot problems by looking at the Endpoints Runtime log on the VM instance.

To view the log:

  1. Use ssh to connect to your virtual machine:

    gcloud config set project YOUR_PROJECT_ID
    
    gcloud compute ssh INSTANCE_NAME
    

    Replace YOUR_PROJECT_ID and INSTANCE_NAME with your Google Cloud Platform (GCP) project ID and virtual machine instance name, respectively.

  2. View the nginx error log:

    If you are running endpoints-runtime on a raw VM:

    tail -f /var/log/nginx/error.log
    

    If you are running endpoints-runtime within Docker:

    docker ps
    
    docker logs CONTAINER_NAME
    

    Replace CONTAINER_NAME with the name of your container.

Displaying ESP status

To display ESP status:

  1. Use ssh to connect to your your virtual machine:

    gcloud config set project YOUR_PROJECT_ID
    
    gcloud compute ssh INSTANCE_NAME
    

    Replace YOUR_PROJECT_ID and INSTANCE_NAME with your GCP project ID and virtual machine instance name, respectively.

  2. Retrieve the name of the ESP container (typically the container name is esp):

    docker ps
    
  3. Get a bash shell in the container:

    docker exec -it ESP_CONTAINER_NAME /bin/bash
    

    Replace ESP_CONTAINER_NAME with the name of the ESP container from the previous step.

  4. Install curl.

  5. Enter the following:

    curl http://localhost:8090/endpoints_status
    

Getting the service configuration ID

If you set rollout_strategy to managed when you started ESP, and you need to find the configuration ID that an instance of ESP is using, near the end of the output from the curl http://localhost:8090/endpoints_status command, the output is similar to the following:

      "serviceConfigRollouts": {
          "rolloutId": "2017-08-09r27",
          "percentages": {
               "2017-08-09r26": "100"
          }
      }

The value in the rolloutId is the service configuration ID that ESP is using. This configuration ID should match the latest deployed configuration. You can view the deployment history on the Endpoints > Services page in the Google Cloud Platform Console and view changes made to the service configuration. See Comparing configuration files.

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