How I Fixed: “error authorizing context: authorization token required”

I love me some Dockerised GitLab. I have the full CI thing going on, with a private registry for all my Docker images that are created during the CI process.

It all works real nice.

Until that Saturday night, when suddenly, it doesn’t.

Though it sounds like I’m going off on a tangent, it’s important to this story that you know I recently I changed my home broadband ISP.

I host one of my GitLab instances at my house. All my GitLab instances are now Dockerised, managed by Rancher.

I knew that as part of switching ISPs, there might (read: 100% would) be “fun” with firewalls, and ports, and all that jazz.

I thought I’d got everything sorted, and largely, I had.

Except I decided that whilst all this commotion was taking place, I would slightly rejig my infrastructure.

I use LetsEncrypt for SSL. I use the LetsEncrypt certs for this particular GitLab’s private registry.

I had the LetsEncrypt container on one node, and I was accessing the certs via a file share. It seemed pointless, and added complexity (the afore mentioned extra firewall rules), which I could remove if I moved the container on to the same box as the GitLab instance.

I made this move.

Things worked, and I felt good.

Then, a week or so later, I made some code changes and pushed.

The build failed almost immediately. Not what I needed on a Saturday night.

In the build logs I could see this:

This happened when the CI process was trying to log in to the private registry.

After a bit of head scratching, I tried from my local machine and sure enough I got the same message.

My Solution

As so many of my problems seem to, it boiled down to permissions.

Rather than copy the certs over from the original node, I let LetsEncrypt generate some new ones. Why not, right?

This process worked.

The GitLab and the Registry containers used a bind mounted volume to access the LetsEncrypt cert inside the container on the path /certs/.

When opening each container, I would be logged in as root.

Root being root, I had full permissions. I checked each file with a cheeky cat and visually confirmed that all looked good.

GitLab doesn’t run as root, however, and as the files were owned by root, and had 600 permissions:

The user GitLab is running as doesn’t have permission to read the private key.

Some more error output that may help future Googlers:


Thankfully I hadn’t deleted the old cert, so I went back and saw that I had previously set 0640  on the private key in the old setup.

Directory permissions for the certs was set to 0750 with execute being required as well as read.

In my case this was sufficient to satisfy GitLab.

When making the change on the new node, I could then immediately log back in.

A Tip To Spot This Sooner

I would strongly recommend that you schedule your project to run a build every ~24 hours, even if nothing has changed.

This will catch weird quirks that aren’t related to your project, but have inadvertently broken your project’s build.

It’s much easier to diagnose problems whilst they are fresh in your mind.

Also, ya’ know, better documentation! This is exactly why I’m now writing this post. So in the future when I inevitable make a similar mistake, I now know where to look first 🙂

[How I Fixed] Installing Go on Ubuntu 16.04

I wanted to install Go on Ubuntu 16.04. I thought this would be easy. It kinda is, but it wasn’t super easy.

By easy I mean I found a bunch of copy / paste instructions, but not everything worked first time.

I found out about a tool called gvm , which is similar to nvm  – in other words, a Go Version Manager.

Here’s what I had to do:

This prompted me to run a further command:

When I tried to run:

I was prompted to install bison:

I then ran:

Which showed go1.9.2 as being the latest and greatest.

Unfortunately that failed.

The instructions I found gave a suggested fix, but this didn’t work. Here’s what did work for me:

After which:


For what it’s worth:

I also hit on a bunch of confusing issues because I’d set my package name to be something different to  main .

I’d set my package name to cfbl which resulted in this like this:

Inside  test.go (which isn’t a TDD style test, just my testing with go) I had to make sure to use  package main

I hope that saves someone some confusion.

Symfony Access Decision Manager




Yeah, I can’t spell.

I just hit upon a problem whereby I needed my Symfony security voter setup to always deny access even when one of my voters returned an Affirmative.

In this case I want to always deny.

By default Symfony will allow access if at least one voter returns GRANTED.

If you want to know more, check out this video I created about this very problem, and some potential solutions.

Conditional SerializerGroup in FOSRESTBundle

I needed to conditionally add an entry to the list of active Serializer Group entries in a FOSRESTBundle controller action.

Here’s my attempt:

The idea behind this code is to that a Widget should show all of its information to all users.

It should show a summary of related features to all users.

It should show a summary of the related sprocket (one-to-one) to all users.

However, if you are logged in, you should see all the sprocket information, not just a summary.

It seems to work quite well in my use case. Gotta love them sprockets!

A Tweak For ELK On Docker

One annoyance I’ve hit whilst running ELK on Docker is, after rebooting my system, the same error keeps returning:

The core of the fix to this problem is helpfully included in the output:

And on Ubuntu fixing this is a one-liner:

Only, this is not persisted across a reboot.

To fix this permenantly, I needed to do:

sudo vim /etc/sysctl.d/60-elasticsearch.conf

And add in the following line:

I am not claiming credit for this fix. I found it here. I’m just sharing here because I know in future I will need to do this again, and it’s easiest if I know where to start looking 🙂

Another important step if persisting data is to ensure the folder is owned by 991:991 .