collect-logs traceback on non-root user

Bug #1805201 reported by Chad Smith on 2018-11-26
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Chad Smith

Bug Description

Permissions errors are seen when running collect-logs as non-root user
cloud-init 18.4.24

$ cloud-init collect-logs
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/cloud-init", line 11, in <module>
    load_entry_point('cloud-init==18.4', 'console_scripts', 'cloud-init')()
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/cloudinit/cmd/", line 904, in main
    get_uptime=True, func=functor, args=(name, args))
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/cloudinit/", line 2514, in log_time
    ret = func(*args, **kwargs)
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/cloudinit/cmd/devel/", line 125, in handle_collect_logs_args
    collect_logs(args.tarfile, args.userdata, args.verbosity)
  File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/cloudinit/cmd/devel/", line 113, in collect_logs
    os.path.join(run_dir, 'cloud-init'))
  File "/usr/lib/python3.6/", line 359, in copytree
    raise Error(errors)
shutil.Error: [('/run/cloud-init/instance-data-sensitive.json', '/tmp/tmphc62cg6h/cloud-init-logs-2018-11-26/run/cloud-init/instance-data-sensitive.json', "[Errno 13] Permission denied: '/run/cloud-init/instance-data-sensitive.json'")]

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Chad Smith (chad.smith) on 2018-11-26
Changed in cloud-init:
assignee: nobody → Chad Smith (chad.smith)
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → In Progress

This bug is fixed with commit e9d57b80 to cloud-init on branch master.
To view that commit see the following URL:

Changed in cloud-init:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed

This bug is believed to be fixed in cloud-init in version 18.5. If this is still a problem for you, please make a comment and set the state back to New

Thank you.

Changed in cloud-init:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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