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Oracle Linux: SELinux Is Preventing rsyslogd From Reading /etc/rsyslog.conf (Doc ID 2776049.1)

Last updated on MAY 16, 2021

Applies to:

Linux OS - Version Oracle Linux 7.0 and later
Linux x86-64


SELinux is enabled and preventing the rsyslogd from reading the /etc/rsyslog.conf file, it is also preventing the writing of any messages to the /var/log/messages file.

Check the status of the rsyslog service with the following command (Note the "could not open config file '/etc/rsyslog.conf': Permission denied" message):
# systemctl status -l rsyslog

 rsyslog.service - System Logging Service
  Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/rsyslog.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
  Active: active (running) since Wed 2021-02-17 11:22:21 HKT; 4h 7min ago
    Docs: man:rsyslogd(8)

Main PID: 20541 (rsyslogd)
   Tasks: 1
  CGroup: /system.slice/rsyslog.service
          `-20541 /usr/sbin/rsyslogd -n

Feb 17 11:22:21 hostname systemd[1]: Starting System Logging Service...
Feb 17 11:22:21 hostname rsyslogd[20541]:  [origin software="rsyslogd" swVersion="8.24.0-57.el7_9" x-pid="20541" x-info=""] start
Feb 17 11:22:21 hostname rsyslogd[20541]: could not open config file '/etc/rsyslog.conf': Permission denied [v8.24.0-57.el7_9 try ] 
Feb 17 11:22:21 hostname systemd[1]: Started System Logging Service.


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