Re: Squid creating files as root

From: Steve Gailey <>
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 1999 14:55:44 +0100

I didn't see a reply to Franks message and now I am experiencing
the same problem.

I am starting Squid (on Solaris 2.6) from /etc/init.d (rc3.d) and have
experienced exactly the same behaviour. The Filesystem is Veritas
and all was fine for the first three days. This Sunday evening, with
little or no activity the system started reporting:

storeSwapOutFileOpened: Unable to open swapfile: /cachea/ca...
       (13) Permission denied

The only thing I can think of is the first restart for squid since
installation (it's a Netscape upgrade).

I have two such Squid machines and both are exhibiting the same
behaviour. Also, ps shows the (squid) process running as nobody
sometimes and root at others.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Steve Gailey

> I have configured squid (2.2.4) with
> cache_effective_user nobody
> cache_effective_group nogroup
> and squid mostly creates its cachefiles with this ownership but
> sometimes squid creates file as owner root.
> Trying to access these files (later on, running again as nobody?)
> squid produces error messages like this:
> 1999/07/29 09:31:31| storeSwapOutFileOpened: Unable to open swapfile:
> /cache5/00/02/0000029C
> (13) Permission denied
> Searching the mailing list I've only found the hint not to run squid
> as root, but as i can't switch from http_port < 1024 to http_port >
> 1024 this is no solution for me. Periodically chown -ing also doesn't
> seem to be the solution.
> Any ideas how to solve this problem?
> Regards
> Frank Heidenreich
Received on Mon Oct 04 1999 - 08:29:41 MDT

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