Chapter 13. Running the must-gather command to troubleshoot

To get started with troubleshooting, learn about the troubleshooting scenarios for users to run the must-gather command to debug the issues, then see the procedures to start using the command.

Required access: Cluster administrator

13.1. Must-gather scenarios

  • Scenario one: Use the Documented troubleshooting section to see if a solution to your problem is documented. The guide is organized by the major functions of the product.

    With this scenario, you check the guide to see if your solution is in the documentation.

  • Scenario two: If your problem is not documented with steps to resolve, run the must-gather command and use the output to debug the issue.
  • Scenario three: If you cannot debug the issue using your output from the must-gather command, then share your output with Red Hat Support.

13.2. Must-gather procedure

See the following procedure to start using the must-gather command:

  1. Learn about the must-gather command and install the prerequisites that you need at Gathering data about your cluster in the RedHat OpenShift Container Platform documentation.
  2. Log in to your cluster. For the usual use-case, you should run the must-gather while you are logged into your engine cluster.

    Note: If you want to check your managed clusters, find the gather-managed.log file that is located in the the cluster-scoped-resources directory:


    Check for managed clusters that are not set True for the JOINED and AVAILABLE column. You can run the must-gather command on those clusters that are not connected with True status.

  3. Add the multicluster engine for Kubernetes image that is used for gathering data and the directory. Run the following command, where you insert the image and the directory for the output:

    oc adm must-gather --dest-dir=<directory>
  4. Go to your specified directory to see your output, which is organized in the following levels:

    • Two peer levels: cluster-scoped-resources and namespace resources.
    • Sub-level for each: API group for the custom resource definitions for both cluster-scope and namespace-scoped resources.
    • Next level for each: YAML file sorted by kind.

13.3. Must-gather in a disconnected environment

Complete the following steps to run the must-gather command in a disconnected environment:

  1. In a disconnected environment, mirror the Red Hat operator catalog images into their mirror registry. For more information, see Install on disconnected networks.
  2. Run the following command to extract logs, which reference the image from their mirror registry:

oc adm must-gather --image=$IMAGE --dest-dir=./data

You can open a bug for the product team here.