[Pkg-nagios-devel] Bug#753397: nagios-nrpe-server: Initscript chown to user nagios hardcoded regardless of configuration

Kali Hernandez kali.hernandez at sociomantic.com
Tue Jul 1 13:19:12 UTC 2014

Package: nagios-nrpe-server
Version: 2.12-5ubuntu1.2
Severity: normal

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When setting nagios-nrpe-server to run under any user that is not 
nagios, the initscript creates a conflict since it has a chown command 
hardcoded to
user nagios which is the default in the package.

The in the init script as per the package included in ubuntu precise:

*** 43,47 ****
   #since /var/run can be wiped completly we create our run directory here
   if [ ! -d "$PIDDIR" ]; then
         mkdir "$PIDDIR"
         chown nagios "$PIDDIR"

In my nrpe_local.cfg configuration I have nagios set to run as a custom 


Hence when I restart the server the upstart script will leave the 
permissions messed up and the service will fail to start properly.

IMHO the initscript should either not try to chown the piddir at all, or 
at least parse this setting from /etc/default or any other config,
but the way the package is right now makes unpractical or simply 
impossible to run the service reliably unless with the default "nagios" 

In my cluster I did add this setting as a variable in the header of the 
initscript. Ideally it should be parsed through the relevant 
/etc/default file.

         chown "$NAGIOS_USER" "$PIDDIR"


-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
   APT prefers precise-updates
   APT policy: (500, 'precise-updates'), (500, 'precise-security'), 
(500, 'precise'), (100, 'precise-backports')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 3.5.0-51-generic (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages nagios-nrpe-server depends on:
ii  adduser      3.113ubuntu2
ii  libc6        2.15-0ubuntu10.5
ii  libssl1.0.0  1.0.1-4ubuntu5.16
ii  libwrap0     7.6.q-21
ii  lsb-base     4.0-0ubuntu20.3

Versions of packages nagios-nrpe-server recommends:
ii  nagios-plugins        1.4.15-5ubuntu3.2
ii  nagios-plugins-basic  1.4.15-5ubuntu3.2

nagios-nrpe-server suggests no packages.

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