FogLAMP Utilities and Scripts

The FogLAMP platform comes with a set of utilities and scripts to help users, developers and administrators with their day-by-day operations. These tools are under heavy development and you may expect incompatibilities in future versions, therefore it is higly recommended to check the revision history to verify the changes in new versions.


foglamp is the first utility available with the platform, it is the control center for all the admin operations on FogLAMP.

In the current implementation, foglamp provides these features:

  • start FogLAMP
  • stop FogLAMP
  • kill FogLAMP processes
  • Check the status of FogLAMP, i.e. whether it is running, starting or not running
  • reset FogLAMP to its factory settings

Starting FogLAMP

foglamp start is the command to start FogLAMP. Since only one core microservice of FogLAMP can be executed in the same environment, the command checks if FogLAMP is already running, and if it does, it ends. The command also checks the presence of the FOGLAMP_ROOT and FOGLAMP_DATA environment variables. If the variables have not been set, it verifies if FogLAMP has been installed in the default position, which is /usr/local/foglamp or a position defined by the installed package, and it will set the missing variables accordingly. It will also take care of the PYTHONPATH variable.

In more specific terms, the command executes these steps:

  • Check if FogLAMP is already running
  • Check if the storage layer is managed or unmanaged. “managed” means that the storage layer relies on a storage system (i.e. a database, a set of files or in-memory structures) that are under exclusive control of FogLAMP. “unmanaged” means that the storage system is generic and potentially shared with other applications.
  • Check if the storage plugin and the related storage system (for example a PostgreSQL database) is available.
  • Check if the metadata structure that is necessary to execute FogLAMP is already available in the storage layer. If the metadata is not available, it creates the data model and sets the factory settings that are necessary to start and use FogLAMP.
  • Start the core microservice.
  • Wait until the core microservice starts the Storage microservice and the initial required process that are necessary to handle other tasks and microservices.

Safe Mode

It is possible to start FogLAMP in safe mode by passing the flag --safe-mode to the start command. In safe mode FogLAMP will not start any of the south services or schedule any tasks, such as purge or north bound tasks. Safe mode allows FogLAMP to be started and configured in those situations where a previous misconfiguration has rendered it impossible to start and interact with FogLAMP.

Once started in safe mode any configuration changes should be made and then FogLAMP should be restarted in normal mode to test those configuration changes.

Stopping FogLAMP

foglamp stop is the command used to stop FogLAMP. The command waits until all the tasks and services have been completed, then it stops the core service.

If Foglamp Does Not Stop

If FogLAMP does not stop, i.e. if by using the process status command ps you see FogLAMP processes still running, you can use foglamp kill to kill them.


The command issues a kill -9 against the processes associated to FogLAMP. This is not recommended, unless FogLAMP cannot be stopped. The stop command. In other words, kill is your last resort before a reboot. If you must use the kill command, it means that there is a problem: let us know about that by submitting an issue on GitHub.

Checking the Status of FogLAMP

foglamp status is used to provide the current status of tasks and microservices on the machine. The output is something like:

$ foglamp status
FogLAMP running.
FogLAMP uptime:  2034 seconds.
=== FogLAMP services: --port=33074 --address= --name=HTTP_SOUTH --port=33074 --address= --name=COAP
=== FogLAMP tasks:
$ foglamp_use_from_here stop
FogLAMP stopped.
$ foglamp_use_from_here status
FogLAMP not running.
  • The first row always indicates if FogLAMP is running or not
  • The second row provides the uptime in seconds
  • The next set of rows provides information regarding the microservices running on the machine
  • The last set of rows provides information regarding the tasks running on the machine

Resetting FogLAMP

It may occur that you want to restore FogLAMP to its factory settings, and this is what foglamp reset does. The command also destroys all the data and all the configuration currently stored in FogLAMP, so you must use it at your own risk!

FogLAMP can be restored to its factory settings only when it is not running, hence you should stop it first.

The command forces you to insert the word YES, all in uppercase, to continue:

$ foglamp reset
This script will remove all data stored in the server.
Enter YES if you want to continue: YES