Bug 447028 - Logrotate of psacct will restart accounting even if the service was stopped
Logrotate of psacct will restart accounting even if the service was stopped
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Classification: Red Hat
Component: psacct (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ivana Varekova
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Reported: 2008-05-16 22:15 EDT by Filipe Brandenburger
Modified: 2013-04-12 15:43 EDT (History)
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Fixed In Version: RHBA-2008-0626
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2008-07-30 09:05:08 EDT
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Description Filipe Brandenburger 2008-05-16 22:15:36 EDT
Description of problem:

The logrotate script of psacct runs "accton" always, independently of accounting
being enabled or not.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. Turn accounting on by running "service psacct start"
2. Leave accounting on until there is some data on /var/account/pacct
3. Turn accounting off by running "service psacct stop"
4. Verify that /var/account/pacct stopped growing
5. Wait for logrotate to run (you should wait two days for this to occur
naturally); alternatively you can force this by running "logrotate -f
6. Check that accounting is on again, see that /var/account/pacct is growing again

Actual results:

Accounting will be restarted any time that the logs rotate and there is any
content, independent of the service being started or not.

Expected results:

The postrotate script should run only when the service is started.

Additional info:

This problem could be fixed by changing the postrotate line of

Instead of this:
        /usr/sbin/accton /var/account/pacct

It should be this:
        test -f /var/lock/subsys/psacct && /usr/sbin/accton /var/account/pacct
Comment 5 errata-xmlrpc 2008-07-30 09:05:08 EDT
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
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