_setutent: Can't open utmp file: No such file or directory - Help!

_setutent: Can't open utmp file: No such file or directory - Help!

Post by Joe Ma » Fri, 30 Jun 1995 04:00:00



Have been doing some upgrading from gcc2.5.8 to gcc2.6.3 (including libraries)
and have suddenly been getting the above error message in pairs about every
minute. The utmp file in /var/adm is -rw--r--r-- while the symlink in /etc is ;rwxrwxxrwx
(ie it appears to be writeable by root)

        any suggestions?


 
 
 

1. _setutent: Can't open utmp file: No such file or directory

I have a Linux 1.2.8 server at work that has developed this problem after
a power outage this week. The power was out for a prolonged period of time and
the UPS ran out of juice. When the machine came back up online, it produces the
error message "_setutent: Can't open utmp file: No such file or directory" when
you try to do a "w" or when you open an xterm in openwindows. The /var/adm/utmp
file is still there as is its symbolic link from /etc/utmp -> /var/adm/utmp. I
had one other machine do this once before, but I reinstalled Linux before I had
a chance to track down the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Bill deWindt
Systems Administrator
Hampden-Sydney College in VA

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