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[leafnode-list] Re: MacOS X fetchnews permission denied

Yvon Thoraval <yvon_thoraval@xxxxxxx>:

> [nord-mon-ip:/sw/etc/leafnode] yvonthor% sudo -u news /sw/sbin/fetchnews
> Password:
> mkstemp(/sw/var/run/fetchnews.lck.yagHXTM820) failed: Permission denied
> Cannot obtain lock file, aborting.
> i should mention /sw/var/run/ is empty and is ::
> drwxr-xr-x   2 root  admin   68 Jan 18 18:59 run

this directory is customarily used by programs to keep lockfiles and
such.  you should make it group writable ("chmod 0775 /sw/var/run")
and include user news into group admin.  an alternative is to make
that directory world writable "chmod 01777 /sw/var/run".  the most
significant bit has (on unix) often the meaning "sticky", which means
only programs creating files there may delete them again.  this may be
different on mac-os.

the program will run if you make var/run 0777 (without making it
sticky), but that's dangerous.  try the group option 0775 first.

> the only directory (as i've seen) being news.news is :
> /sw/var/spool/news
> all of is content being news.news

that's ok.

and, btw, read books on unix.


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