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[leafnode-list] Re: Cannot update timestamp on /var/spool/news/interesting.groups/...: Operation not permitted
David Aldred <nr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> On Saturday 19 Nov 2005 02:45, Matthias Andree wrote:
>> David Aldred <nr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> >> Has someone or something accidentally set "immutable" flags on the file
>> >> (chattr on Linux, chflags on BSD) or tampered with ACLs (access control
>> >> lists)?
>> > There's nothing shown on an lsattr; where would I look for any ACL?
>> With getfacl.
> Not found on my system. Nor is setfacl - so unless there's another
Not to worry, ACLs need an "acl" mount option to be effective, and
unless you specified this option in /etc/fstab or in your initial RAM
disk, Linux does not care.
>> Did it run a full check? If not, try "e2fsck -fpC0 /dev/hda1" - the f
>> will force a full check, the p will enable safe repairs and the C0 will
>> show the progress bar, spinner and percent figure.
> That didn't come up with any errors: and after running it the error
> still persists.
OK, we need to do some more rigorous debugging.
> I'm not quite with you here. I'm not in the 'news' usergroup, but
> it's when I use KNode to read news that the error seems to be
That is because leafnode then tries to touch the files to mark the group
interesting, and not because KNode has direct access to the spool.
> Now I'm assuming that the act of reading news is causing Leafnode to
> redate the files, thus generating the error when the timestamp can't
> be updated by Leafnode - so I as KNode user wouldn't have to have
> permissons for the spool - is that right?
> I've also just tried
> touch alt.os.linux./mandrake
> when logged in as the 'news' user - there seems to be no problem with
> the timestamp updating from the command line.
That is what confuses me. Why would you after su-ing to the news account
(or directly logging in if it has a password and a shell) be permitted
to change the time stamps but not leafnode? If leafnode did not run as
root or news, it would be complaining loudly and quitting early.
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