View Full Version : [ubuntu] cron "permission denied" (After 10.04->12.04 u/g)

April 30th, 2012, 09:47 AM
None of my cronjobs run any more (neither for root nor for users). /var/log/syslog shows:

Apr 30 09:22:01 goose CRON[6206]: Permission denied

but I can't see anything else. (I get this even with "trivial" cron entries like "* * * * * /bin/echo hello"). Restarting cron doesn't help.

anacron jobs are failing too with "unable to set uid to 0".

/var/spool/cron/crontabs//* ownership look right <user>:crontab

(Possibly related, several log files are zero sized, e.g., /var/log/messages [syslog:adm])

April 30th, 2012, 09:54 AM
auth.log shows something interesting. Dunno what it means, though...

Apr 30 09:21:01 goose CRON[6206]: PAM pam_parse: expecting non-zero; [...]

May 1st, 2012, 08:09 AM
Same for me.
It would appear that for some files/directories under /var/log, that since the 12.04 upgrade, the ownership has changed from root:root to syslog:adm. This is why my cron jobs that run under root are now failing.
Not sure why the ownership changed though

May 1st, 2012, 11:02 AM
It appear that the problem is a dodgy libpam_mount. Uninstalling that solved my problem.


This is for the cron issue, not the empty log files. However, I have looked at 2 older Ubuntus (Heron) and they have ownership as syslog:adm so I think that's a red herring.