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Bug 622744 - /etc/rc.d/init.d/mysqld - cannot touch `/var/lock/subsys/mysqld': Permission denied
/etc/rc.d/init.d/mysqld - cannot touch `/var/lock/subsys/mysqld': Permission ...
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Classification: Red Hat
Component: mysql (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Tom Lane
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Reported: 2010-08-10 06:21 EDT by timlank
Modified: 2013-07-02 23:32 EDT (History)
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Description timlank 2010-08-10 06:21:08 EDT
Description of problem:
trying to start /etc/rc.d/init.d/mysqld as the mysql user results in the following error from the init script hardcoding:
touch: cannot touch `/var/lock/subsys/mysqld': Permission denied

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
RHEL 5.4

How reproducible: every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. login as the mysql user account
2. run /etc/rc.d/init.d/mysqld start
Actual results: mysqld_safe and mysqld start just fine, but the lock file is not created because of permissions in of the /var/lock/subsys directory as hardcoded in the init script

Expected results:
the error would not appear

Additional info:
please have the package maintainer re-visit the explicit pathing of this lock file location in the init script
Comment 1 Tom Lane 2010-08-10 09:53:24 EDT
Not a bug --- initscripts invariably are expected to run as root.

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