How to: gathering diagnostics for a StorageCraft Support Case (Linux)

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This article outlines how to gather and send machine diagnostics to StorageCraft Support for use in a support case.


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Gathering logs for StorageCraft Support:

A variety of logs are used to troubleshoot issues with StorageCraft products on Linux.  Use the directions below to download and execute the diagnostic utility used to gather the required information and logs from a host. In some instances, additional logs may be requested by StorageCraft in order to troubleshoot a particular case. 

StorageCraft Diagnostic Tool XPlatform (dtx) For Linux


1. Download the appropriate archive from

a. for CentOS 7 and Red Hat 7:

wget -O dtx-2.1.106.tar.gz

SHA256: fc626fd42a566b03600d47c38919d2ae626b66c42a4d2d619b70f1cade6fc6e7
SHA1:  9c554e6bbfc75765780af99024e10e2060bf4482
MD5:  5f68343cbf1a6b525cca15ba02a05d82

b. for CentOS 6 and Red Hat 6:

wget -O dtx-2.1.106.tar.gz

SHA256: 47cca186b6462f54f31baa1b8eee4bdf8173684ccb0ff705b89d7566e80d5aea
SHA1: c4edb0c6a6a92dd9f76b0ba54894790f9c4221ba
MD5:  472365f4a7681b50a35b89de4ea97a98

c. for Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) and Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin):

wget -O dtx-2.1.106.tar.gz

SHA256: 932930fa6c385b3ea2475c3e7227631562fc9906531ed660812ae566c5254ae0
SHA1: 8e41655e6206e96ecf50857d41785fd45656f02d
MD5:  01c0eafddcf55f0d05b78eb72cdf0eb9

2. Decompress the archive by running:

tar -zxvf dtx-2.1.106.tar.gz

NOTE: Depending on where you extracted the archive, you may need to change permissions to run the application:

chmod 711 dtx

3. Run the application:

sudo ./dtx

NOTE: the archive file is located in the folder /var/opt/StorageCraft/dtx. If extracting the archive on a Linux system, ensure that the -C argument is used to avoid overwriting live system files!

4. To upload the generated archive to the StorageCraft Support FTP servers:

sudo ./dtx --upload-ftp <support region> <case number> <archive file>

As an example:

a. to the Support Centre in Sydney, Australia:

sudo ./dtx --upload-ftp au 99999999 /var/opt/StorageCraft/dtx/dtx_labx18_20160725T0703Z.tar.gz

b. to the Support Centre in Cork, Ireland:

sudo ./dtx --upload-ftp eu 99999999 /var/opt/StorageCraft/dtx/dtx_labx18_20160725T0703Z.tar.gz

c. to the Support Centre in Draper, USA:

sudo ./dtx --upload-ftp us 99999999 /var/opt/StorageCraft/dtx/dtx_labx18_20160725T0703Z.tar.gz

updated: 2017-02-14


Sending logs to StorageCraft Support:

NOTE:  If manually uploading logs via a FTP client or if sending the logs via email, please rename the archive file generated to prefix it with the case number                       assigned. The case number is eight digits so please include leading zeros. For example:  00123456_dtx_labx18_20160725T0703Z.tar.gz.

              If the diagnostic utility is used to upload the archive file, it will automatically prefix the file with the case number.  

    • upload when opening a case:

The preferred method is to upload the archive file generated when opening a support case. This is an important step towards a faster resolution. If you do not have a support request open, gather the logs, then go to:

    •  send via email:

Most of the time the archive file generated will be small enough that it can be sent via email. Note that the file must be in an archive format (.tar.gz for Linux and 7z or ZIP format for Windows) for StorageCraft to receive them. A 10 MiB limit exists on inbound email attachments to StorageCraft. If the archive file exceeds this size limit, please manually upload using a FTP client or by using the diagnostic utility.

    • upload using the diagnostic utility:

DTX can upload the archive file generated to the StorageCraft Support FTP servers. The syntax is:

sudo ./dtx --upload-ftp <support region> <case number> <archive file>

As an example:

sudo ./dtx --upload-ftp au 99999999 dtx_labx18_20160725T0703Z.tar.gz  ; to the Support Centre in Sydney, Australia
sudo ./dtx --upload-ftp eu 99999999 dtx_labx18_20160725T0703Z.tar.gz  ; to the Support Centre in Cork, Ireland
sudo ./dtx --upload-ftp us 99999999 dtx_labx18_20160725T0703Z.tar.gz  ; to the Support Centre in Draper, USA

    • upload using a FTP client:

If the archive file generated is larger than 10 MiB, use FTP to transfer the archive file to the StorageCraft FTP servers. Doing this requires an FTP client. If you do not have one, a link is included below to a free open source FTP client called FileZilla.

      1. connect using a FTP client with the username “anonymous” and no password
          • Port:                                             990 (US and EU)
                                                                  21 (AU)
          • Username:                                   anonymous
          • Password:                                    <blank>
          • Encryption:                                  explicit or implicit FTP over TLS (US and EU)
                                                                  plain FTP (AU)
      1. upload the files
      2. send a confirmation email confirming the file transfer and the name of the file transfered to the technician assigned to the case

Free FTP client (FileZilla):

NOTE: Once you are logged into the FTP site, you will not be able to get a directory listing. This is a restricted location where users cannot
              read the directory contents but can write into the directory.

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