How to clear a hung profile in Urchin 6


If you’ve ever used Urchin 6 for web analytics (Google’s pay for version of Google Analytics aimed at enterprises), you have probably seen profiles stuck in a “Running” state.  If you hit Run Now, you get this error message:

12008 – Action: Failed to cancel urchin process.

If you try to reschedule the profile, you get this error message:

12007 – Action: Failed to add profile to the scheduler queue. The profile is already in the queue.

This happens because Urchin’s scheduler is very sensitive to server reboots.  If you have jobs scheduled to run at night and let’s say you push patches to the server and reboot in the middle of the night, it can cause this error to appear on some of your profiles.  You get these errors because the log processing engine and scheduler never received the proper exit signals which means there will be database entries in the MySQL database that will be in an inconsistent state.  When the server boots back up, the log processing engine cannot pick back up where it stopped and the web GUI will show the profile is “Running” even though it is not.

The quick solution for this is to navigate to your Urchin bin folder via command prompt.  Here is an example path:

C:\Program Files\Urchin6\bin

then type:

urchinctl stop

which will stop all Urchin processes.  Then open up MySQL Command Line Client and type:

use urchin;
delete from uprofiles_queue;


This switches the database to the urchin database and deletes all running profiles.  Now if you go to to the web GUI under Profile Task Scheduler, you will see everything looks normal.  Now trying running the job again and it should work.  You should get a message saying:

12009 – Action: Profile has been queued to run. Please check the Profile Task History screen for status and runtime output.

Now don’t forget to restart your Master and Slave scheduler services or the job will remain in a queued state until they are back up:

urchinctl start

Now verify the job is actually running properly by clicking the green “Running” link for the job and you should see it processing the logs.

About Jason Samuel

Jason Samuel lives in Houston, TX with a primary focus on strategic advisory and architecture of end-user computing, security, enterprise mobility, virtualization, and cloud technologies from Citrix, Microsoft, & VMware. He also has an extensive background in web architecture and networking over his 20+ year career in IT. He is an Author, Speaker, and Local User Group Community Leader. He is certified in several technologies and is 1 of 63 people globally that is a recipient of the prestigious Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award. He is 1 of 42 people in the world that has been awarded as a VMware EUC Champion and VMware vExpert. He is a featured author on DABCC which provides the latest IT Community News on Cloud, Data Center, Desktop, Mobility, Security, Storage, & Virtualization. In his spare time Jason enjoys writing how-to articles and evangelizing the technologies he works with. Disclaimer: The content and opinions expressed in articles and posts are his own and are by no means associated with his employer.

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