cannot start innd version 2.3.2

Russ Allbery rra at
Wed May 23 23:15:03 UTC 2001

Dinesh Somani <dinesh.somani at> writes:

> I am trying to set up a local news server which will run under my name
> and group.

> I belong to 2 groups:
> 256% groups
> staff or-gp

> And I used "or-gp" as the configure option

> --with-news-group=or-gp

> Build etc. all goes well, but when I execute, I get the
> following errors:

> Starting innd.
> inndstart must be run by group or-gp
> Scheduled start of <blah>/local/news/bin/innwatch.

> And, the /var/adm/messages has the following entries:

> May 23 15:15:45 ganges inndstart: [ID 735900 news.crit] ran by GID 10, who
> isn't or-gp (734)

> Is this a bug ? Is it getting stuck on my group name from /etc/passwd ?

It's arguably a bug; inndstart only looks at your primary group and
doesn't try to walk your list of secondary groups.

> In any event, I'd appreciate if you could suggest a workaround.

Compile INN with the news group set to the primary group of the user who
will be running INN.

Russ Allbery (rra at             <>

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