Bug 34473 - sa1 in adm crontab cannot write to /var/log/sa root
sa1 in adm crontab cannot write to /var/log/sa root
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: sysstat (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Preston Brown
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-04-03 07:49 EDT by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:32 EDT (History)
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Description Need Real Name 2001-04-03 07:49:00 EDT
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adm crontab contains /usr/lib/sa/sa1 and /usr/lib/sa/sa2
/var/log/sa owned by root, the adm user cannot write its crontab 
information to /var/log/sa

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1.add sa1 and sa2 to 'adm' crontab
2.schedule sa1 to run every 5 minutes
3.check /var/log/sa, not files created


Actual Results:  no file created by sa1
mail output Cannot open /var/log/sa/sa07: Permission denied

Expected Results:  /var/log/sa/sa07 or the current date should exist
but it cannot because by default, /var/log/sa is owned by root
Comment 1 Preston Brown 2001-04-03 12:09:06 EDT
sa1 and sa2 are already run in /etc/cron.hourly/sysstat and
/etc/cron.daily/sysstat respectively.  They are run as root, not adm, so there
is no problem.
Comment 2 Need Real Name 2001-04-03 12:17:05 EDT
So I should not schedule sa1 or sa2 in adm's crontab.
Is this how Red Hat intends for sar to be run, only by root?
Comment 3 Need Real Name 2001-04-03 12:49:13 EDT
I will look at sysstat-3.2.4 to see if this changed.
I was unable to get sa03 or sa02 file for today or yesterday with sysstat-3.2.4.
I also have not discovered all the proper uses for this revision.
This has drastically different than the way I have used sar on any platform.

Now I don't have to deal with crontab anymore.
Sar just works.

Thanks for the comments.

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