Bug #43366

Misleading error message if "expect" is not available

Added by Mario Rimann almost 9 years ago. Updated almost 6 years ago.

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I tried to deploy an application to a remote server and the process always failed with a bold red error message (the last line from the Shell output below) which is misleading.

Instead of the shown error message, I'd have expected something like "Command line tool expect is not available on your system, please install it first."

./flow surf:deploy --verbose MyApp-staging
Deploying MyApp-staging (20121127235530)
Using workflow "Simple workflow" 
Stage initialize
Node my-crazy-host
Application MyApp
Executing stage "initialize" on "my-crazy-host" for application MyApp
my-crazy-host (MyApp) typo3.surf:createdirectories
$roosta: "test -d /var/www/myapp.ch/staging" 
    > sh: 1: expect: not found
Got exception "Deployment directory "/var/www/myapp.ch/staging" does not exist on node my-crazy-host" but rollback disabled. Stopping.

Related issues

Has duplicate TYPO3.Surf - Feature #58213: add test for commandline tool expectClosed2014-04-26


Updated by Irene Höppner over 8 years ago

This would mean to analyse the return value of the command.
Surf isn't designed to do that.

I'm not very experienced in different *.nix systems, but I think the chances are good to have different answers for this problem on different systems/machines/shells. In that case analysing the return of a shell command would be very error prone.

As Surf provides you the return value of the shell command you should be able to analyse that yourselves :-).


Updated by Mario Rimann over 8 years ago

Sure, but then maybe the output of surf could be "optimized" in the following way:

  • don't make it bold and red (distracts from the real error message)
  • accept that we don't know what exactly went wrong and show an error message like "Executing a command on the remote system failed, see the output above/below"

Updated by Helmut Hummel almost 6 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Accepted

Error message could be improved indeed here

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