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Resolve AWS SSM plugin with name Standard_Stream not found

Jan 02, 2022 · 2 mins read · Post a comment
Resolve AWS SSM plugin with name Standard_Stream not found

AWS SSM is a nice feature if you don’t wanna deal with majority of the SSH issues along the way. Today’s topic is all about resolving the:
SessionId: devcoops-<some_string>: Plugin with name Standard_Stream not found. Step name: Standard_Stream issue.

Prerequisites

  • AWS SSM

Solution

Most of the time the Standard_stream issue is related to not having enough disk space left on the server.

Step 1. First thing you must do is expand the EBS root volume, and there are a lot of different ways. You could you the Management Console GUI approach, AWS CLI, AWS SDK, or the most popular one, CloudFormation or Terraform known as the IaC approach.

Step 2. Once you increase the EBS volume size and restart the instance, login to the instance.

aws ssm start-session --target <instance_id>

Step 3. Try to restart the amazon ssm agent service.

systemctl restart amazon-ssm-agent

Step 4. Check the default value for maximum number of inotify watches, which helps with tracking of the file and directory changes.

cat /proc/sys/fs/inotify/max_user_watches

Example output:

8192

Note: 8192 is the default value.

Step 5. Increase the inotify watches limit.

echo "fs.inotify.max_user_watches=524288" >> /etc/sysctl.conf

Step 6. Apply the changes, by loading the sysctl settings from /etc/sysctl.conf.

sysctl -p

Step 7. Exit the server and try to login again using AWS SSM (take a look at Step 2).

Expected output:

Starting session with SessionId: devcoops-<some_string>
sh-4.2$ 

Conclusion

Regarding if it’s safe to raise the value and the following consequences, it’s worth noting that:

  • Each used inotify watch consumes up to 1kB of memory.
  • The memory itself is unswappable (kernel memory).
  • Which leads to, If you set the value up to 524288 (take a look at Step 5.) you’ll be using 512MB of kernel memory.

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