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NSCD fails to create nscd.log debug log

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10


AppArmor 2.0
After uncommenting the 'logfile /var/log/nscd.log' parameter from /etc/nscd.conf and restarting nscd, the log file is never created or written to.

Using strace to monitor system calls by nscd, the following error can be seen when attempting to access the log file:

nscdout.log:31049 open("/var/log/nscd.log", O_WRONLY|O_APPEND|O_CREAT, 0666) = -1 EPERM (Operation not permitted)


AppArmor is enabled by default on SLES10. As part of the default AppArmor configuration, a predefined profile for NSCD exists which prevents the nscd process from accessing /var/log/nscd.log.

There are two possible resolutions to this issue. If AppArmor is not desired, it can be disabled through the following steps:

1. Prevent AppArmor from starting upon server startup - `chkconfig boot.apparmor off`
2. Remove AppArmor from memory - `rcapparmor stop`
3. Restart NSCD - `rcnscd restart`

If AppArmor functionality is desired, the profile for NSCD must be modified to allow access to the log file. This can be accomplished through the YaST | AppArmor | Edit Profile module. Within this module, select the /usr/bin/nscd profile and select to"Add Entry" for the file /var/log/nscd.log. Grant the "Write" permissions to this file.

After making any profile changes to AppArmor, restart NSCD using `rcnscd restart` and the log file will be properly created.


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  • Document ID:3428635
  • Creation Date: 27-Nov-2007
  • Modified Date:04-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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