dhcpd.leases file is growing out of control after upgrade

Scott Baker bakers at canbytel.com
Mon Aug 5 21:16:19 UTC 2013

On 08/05/2013 11:06 AM, Doug Barton wrote:
> This is your problem. The directory is not writable by the dhcpd user,
> so it cannot swap the leases file while running unprivileged. When you
> restart the server it can write out the new leases file before it drops
> privileges. You should actually be seeing error messages about this in
> your logs.
> Change the owner of the directory to dhcpd and it should work fine.

It appears that changing the ownership on /var/lib/dhcpd to dhcpd.dhcpd
solved my problem! I'll check with RedHat and see if I need to file a
bug on directory permissions.

Thank you for your assistance.

Scott Baker - Canby Telcom
System Administrator - RHCE - 503.266.8253

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