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Nagios Core - ERROR: Could not create or update nagios.configtest

Problem Description

This KB article applies to the following error message when starting Nagios Core:

ERROR: Could not create or update '/usr/local/nagios/var/nagios.configtest'




This problem occurs when the nagios user account does not have a user shell, typically when nologin is used in the passwd file:





The resolution to this problem is to remove the /usr/sbin/nologin directive from the passwd file, or to define it as a valid shell. The following examples should resolve the problem (depending on your operating system):

No shell defined:



Bash shell defined:



Once you have updated the passwd file you will be able to successfully start the nagios service.



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