Majduk Magpie

  • By Michal Ajduk
Channel Version Revision Published Runs on
latest/stable 9 9 19 Mar 2021
Ubuntu 19.04 Ubuntu 18.10 Ubuntu 18.04 Ubuntu 16.04 Ubuntu 14.04
juju deploy majduk-magpie
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Magpie is a charm used for testing the networking of a juju provider/substrate. Simply deploy more than one Magpie charm and watch the status messages and debug logs.

Magpie will test:

  • DNS functionality
  • Local hostname lookup
  • ICMP between peers
  • MTU between leader and clients
  • Transfer between leader and clients

MTU and transfer speed are tested with iperf2

Status messages will show the unit numbers that have issues - if there are no problems, there will not be a verbose status message.

All actions, strings, queries and actions are logged in the juju logs.

MTU Notes

The MTU size reported by iperf is sometimes 8 or 12 bytes less than the configured MTU on the interface. This is due to TCP options not being included in the measurement, and therefore we ignore that difference and report everything OK.

Workload Status

In addition to ICMP and DNS status messages, if a networking problem is detected, the workload status of the agent which has found the issues will be set to blocked.

Reactive States

This layer will set the following states:

  • magpie-icmp.failed ICMP has failed to one or more units in the peer relation.
  • magpie-dns.failed DNS has failed to one or more units in the peer relation.

Note: work stopped on these states as it is currently unlikely magpie will be consumed as a layer. Please open an issue against this github repo if more states are required.


juju deploy magpie -n 2
juju deploy magpie -n 1 --to lxd:1

This charm also supports the following config values:

    default: true
    description: Check if local hostname is resolvable
    type: boolean
    default: ''
    description: DNS Server to use (default: system default)
    type: string
    default: 1
    description: Number of DNS resolution attempts per query
    type: int
    default: 3
    description: Timeout in seconds per DNS query try
    type: int
    default: 2
    description: Timeout in seconds per ICMP request
    type: int
    default: 1
    description: Number of ICMP packets per ping
    type: int
    default: 0
    description: |
        Desired MTU for all nodes - block if the unit MTU is different 
        (accounting for encapsulation). 0 disables.
    type: int
    default: 0
    description: |
        Minimum transfer speed in mbits/s required to pass the test. 
        0 disables.


juju set magpie dns_server= required_mtu=9000 min_speed=1000