Start up problem talking to Riak

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Thu Feb 16 05:31:23 EST 2017

OK, I took the machine down intending to write my own quick and easy key value db (I have done this before) but I have told my uni that I am using Riak so I thought that I ought to have another go.
I have reinstalled Ubuntu and Riak. The computer now has an internal IP ( rather than an external fixed IP. I started up Riak and got a pong. I then tried to connect with my software from  that already works with the Riak I have running on Amazon AWS so I know that the software works - just a request for a list of buckets.
I got a "Connection refused error. I checked and 8098 was closed. I edited Riak.conf as advices from to but now Riak won't start (Riak failed to start in 15 seconds).
I really want to get this working and, given I have an assignment due in a few days, sooner rather than later.  It is working fine on AWS but it is such a faff getting onto that using ssh as I am never sure of my key to use so I can't check the config there.
This can't be hard, can it?
Please help.

--------- Original Message ---------
From: "Alex Moore" <amoore at>
To: "Alexander Sicular" <siculars at>
Cc: "AWS" <aws at>, "riak-users at" <riak-users at>
Subject: Re: Start up problem talking to Riak
Date: 02/13/2017 15:45:28 (Mon)

Yeah, what Alex said.  You can't see it with your application because it's currently bound to the localhost loopback address, but it's bad to just expose everything publicly. 
1. Where is this cluster running? (AWS or local dev cluster?)2. What are you trying to connect to Riak with? Is it one of our clients or just raw HTTP requests?
On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 10:33 AM, Alexander Sicular <siculars at> wrote:
Please don't do that. Don't point the internet at your database. Have them communicate amongst each other on internal ips and route the public through a proxy / middleware.



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> On Feb 13, 2017, at 04:00, AWS <aws at> wrote:


>  I know that this isn't directly a Riak issue but I am sure that some of you have met this before and can maybe help me. I am used to Macs and Windows but have now set up an Ubuntu 14.04LTS server on my home network. I have 5 fixed IP addresses so the server has its own external address. I have opened port 8098 on my router to point at the server and checked that ufw isn't running. I have tested with it running ufw and with  'allow 8098' applied. I still cannot connect to Riak. On the same computer I get a pong back to a ping so Riak seems to be OK.


> I have a Riak server running on AWS and had trouble setting that up until I, eventually, opened all ports.


> Can anyone please suggest some steps that I might take? I need this running for an Open University course that I am studying. My AWS free server runs out before the course finishes so I have to get this up and running soon.

> Thanks  in advance.

> David


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