[smokeping-users] Slave cannot open Secrets file (Permisson Denied)

Jim Long smokeping at museum.rain.com
Tue Nov 3 21:16:56 CET 2009

Sounds like you're running on Linux, and I'm FreeBSD, but here is
a generic reply that I hope will be useful.

Figure out what GROUP the smokeping daemon is running as, and:

chgrp $GROUP /opt/smokeping/etc/secrets.conf

Group-read permissions for group "root" don't do any good if the
smokeping daemon isn't running as a user that belongs to group
"root" -- and you probably don't want it to.  Change the file's
group to match the smokeping daemon, not the other way around.

And check the ownership/perms of the other path elements 


to ensure that they will grant search permission to $GROUP

Hope this helps.


On Tue, Nov 03, 2009 at 03:02:56PM -0500, Eric Chatham wrote:
> Hello,
> I had this working at one time with giving the secrets file 640 permissions.  Our hardware failed on our Linux server, so I had to re-install all our applications from a backup.  One of the apps was smokeping.  I re-installed the program and just restored the configs from the backup.
> Can someone tell me why I'm now having a problem on the slave server trying to open the secrets.conf file on the master server?  I keep getting this error:
> WARNING: Opening secrets file /opt/smokeping/etc/secrets.conf: Permission denied
> ERROR: we did not get config from the master. Maybe we are not configured as a slave for any of the targets on the master ?
> Here is my secrets.conf stat:
> stat secrets.conf
>   File: `secrets.conf'
>   Size: 56              Blocks: 16         IO Block: 4096   regular file
> Device: fd00h/64768d    Inode: 4423683     Links: 1
> Access: (0640/-rw-r-----)  Uid: (    0/    root)   Gid: (    0/    root)
> Access: 2009-11-03 13:21:26.000000000 -0600
> Modify: 2009-11-02 15:06:10.000000000 -0600
> Change: 2009-11-03 13:36:58.000000000 -0600
> Eric Chatham
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