php-fpm - ERROR: Unable to create the PID file (/var/run/ Permission denied (13)

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4


In SLES 15 SP4, when the /etc/php7/fpm/php-fpm.conf config file is assigned a pid file, for example "pid = run/", the service may fail to start with the following output:

ERROR: Unable to create the PID file (/var/run/ Permission denied (13)
ERROR: FPM initialization failed
systemd[1]: php-fpm.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=78/CONFIG


To resolve the issue, please do one of the following:
  • Disable apparmor
  • Disable the php-fpm profile
  • Make appropriate modification to the php-fpm profile configuration.
Note that apparmor is a great security feature, and the ideal long term solution would be to make the appropriate modification to the php-fpm profile configuration. If additional help is required, please reach out to SUSE support. 

Disabling apparmor

To stop and disable the apparmor service altogether, and unload the profiles without rebooting, you could run the following:
# aa-status
# aa-teardown
# aa-status
# systemctl disable --now apparmor.service
# aa-status

Disabling apparmor profiles

To disable just the php-fpm profile, but keep the other profiles loaded run:

# aa-status
# aa-disable php-fpm
# aa-status

You'll notice the php-fpm profile is removed from the status output.


Make appropriate modification to the php-fpm profile configuration

Modify the profile configuration file, to fit your needs. For example: vim /etc/apparmor.d/php-fpm
You'll see a comment line "# we need to be able to create all sockets".  Below the line, add the following line:

@{run}/php{,-fpm}/php* rw,

Save, and then reload the service, and rescan the profile, by running: 

# systemctl reload apparmor.service


Apparmor is installed by default in SLES 15 SP4. The php-fpm profile has been added as well, and needs to be configured to handle custom pid files. 


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  • Document ID:000020762
  • Creation Date: 10-Nov-2022
  • Modified Date:10-Nov-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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