[mrtg] lockfile problem

Ron Cripe rcripe at dupagels.lib.il.us
Thu May 3 22:43:55 MEST 2001

My mrtg installation (MRTG 2.9.12a) appears to be running quite nicely
except that I get an error message about a lockfile every time the cron job
kicks in.  My inbox overfloweth with emails describing this error.  I'm
using mrtg on Solaris 7.  Here is a sample error output:

Your "cron" job on myserver

/usr/local/mrtg-2/bin/mrtg /usr/local/mrtg-2/mrtg.cfg

produced the following output:

2001-05-03 09:00:02 -- ERROR: I guess another mrtg is running. A lockfile
(/usr/local/mrtg-2/mrtg.cfg_l) aged
1 seconds is hanging around. If you are sure that no other mrtg
is running you can remove the lockfile

This is the only instance of the program.  I've captured process status
output during the run time and only see processes such as this:
# ps -ef | grep mrtg
    root  5790  5749  1 09:10:09 ?        0:00 /usr/local/mrtg-2/bin/rateup
    root  5749  5748  5 09:10:00 ?        0:01 /usr/bin/perl
/usr/local/mrtg-2/bin/mrtg /usr/local/mrtg-2/mrtg.cfg
    root  5748   812  0 09:10:00 ?        0:00 sh -c
/usr/local/mrtg-2/bin/mrtg /usr/local/mrtg-2/mrtg.cfg

There is a lock file created.  Here is an example of an ls -la showing it:
-rw-r--r--   1 root     other          0 May  3 08:50 mrtg.cfg_l_4764

After mrtg has run, the lock file is removed.  There appears to be no
problems actually generated.  I just receive error message emails every time
mrtg runs.

The only discrepancy I see is the error message refers to is always a file
named /usr/local/mrtg-2/mrtg.cfg_l and the actual name was (in one instance)

Any ideas?


 Ron Cripe
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