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Red Hat: New tmpwatch package fixes cron warning

The man update (RHSA-2001:072) removed several cache directories in /var that tmpwatch cleans up on a nightly basis. This update provides a new cron script for tmpwatch that verifies the existence of cache directories before cleaning is attempted. Updated packages are available from updates.redhat.com.
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                   Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat Bug Fix Advisory

Synopsis:          New tmpwatch package fixes cron warning
Advisory ID:       RHBA-2001:104-05
Issue date:        2001-08-28
Updated on:        2001-09-06
Product:           Red Hat Linux
Keywords:          tmpwatch cron man
Cross references:  RHSA-2001:072
Obsoletes:         RHSA-2000:080
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1. Topic:

The man update (RHSA-2001:072) removed several cache directories in /var 
that tmpwatch cleans up on a nightly basis.  This update provides a new 
cron script for tmpwatch that verifies the existence of cache directories 
before cleaning is attempted.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 5.2 - alpha, i386, sparc

Red Hat Linux 6.2 - alpha, i386, sparc

Red Hat Linux 7.0 - alpha, i386

Red Hat Linux 7.1 - alpha, i386, ia64

3. Problem description:

tmpwatch is a program that runs nightly, and cleans up old temporary 
files that are older than a certain date.  As shipped in Red Hat Linux 
5.x, 6.x, and 7.x, tmpwatch cleans up cached man pages stored in 
directories under /var.  A recent man security update (RHSA-2001:072) 
removed these directories.  The symptom of this is that cron, the Linux 
periodic job scheduler, will report errors from the tmpwatch service on a 
nightly basis.  The messages are similar to the following:

  /etc/cron.daily/tmpwatch:
 
  error: lstat() of directory /var/cache/man/X11R6/cat? failed: No such
  file or directory

Note that these messages do not affect the tmpwatch service.

The new tmpwatch will check for the existence of the manual page cache 
directories before attempting to clean them, stopping the messages from 
the cron service.

In addition, the new tmpwatch adds some new functionality and fixes a few 
minor bugs present in previous releases.  See the RPM changelog for 
details.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filenames]

where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade.  Only those
RPMs which are currently installed will be updated.  Those RPMs which are
not installed but included in the list will not be updated.  Note that you
can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directory *only* contains the
desired RPMs.

Please note that this update is also available via Red Hat Network.  Many
people find this an easier way to apply updates.  To use Red Hat Network,
launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:

up2date

This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate
RPMs being upgraded on your system.

5. Bug IDs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla for more info):

47784 - man problem after an update

6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 5.2:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/en/os/SRPMS/tmpwatch-2.8-0.5.x.src.rpm

alpha:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/en/os/alpha/tmpwatch-2.8-0.5.x.alpha.rpm

i386:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/en/os/i386/tmpwatch-2.8-0.5.x.i386.rpm

sparc:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/en/os/sparc/tmpwatch-2.8-0.5.x.sparc.rpm

Red Hat Linux 6.2:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.2/en/os/SRPMS/tmpwatch-2.8-0.6.x.src.rpm

alpha:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.2/en/os/alpha/tmpwatch-2.8-0.6.x.alpha.rpm

i386:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.2/en/os/i386/tmpwatch-2.8-0.6.x.i386.rpm

sparc:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/6.2/en/os/sparc/tmpwatch-2.8-0.6.x.sparc.rpm

Red Hat Linux 7.0:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/7.0/en/os/SRPMS/tmpwatch-2.8-0.7.x.src.rpm

alpha:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/7.0/en/os/alpha/tmpwatch-2.8-0.7.x.alpha.rpm

i386:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/7.0/en/os/i386/tmpwatch-2.8-0.7.x.i386.rpm

Red Hat Linux 7.1:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/7.1/en/os/SRPMS/tmpwatch-2.8-0.7.x.src.rpm

alpha:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/7.1/en/os/alpha/tmpwatch-2.8-0.7.x.alpha.rpm

i386:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/7.1/en/os/i386/tmpwatch-2.8-0.7.x.i386.rpm

ia64:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/7.1/en/os/ia64/tmpwatch-2.8-0.7.x.ia64.rpm



7. Verification:

MD5 sum                           Package Name
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0168c76dabc604362835ad1b6c2a80e9 5.2/en/os/SRPMS/tmpwatch-2.8-0.5.x.src.rpm
dacd793b7f5eb139d9ade9c78d8a93b8 5.2/en/os/alpha/tmpwatch-2.8-0.5.x.alpha.rpm
d35d61a8171407d381884a45ff0b8254 5.2/en/os/i386/tmpwatch-2.8-0.5.x.i386.rpm
61f7df3e30b380ed7f27d0db8f7a9b7e 5.2/en/os/sparc/tmpwatch-2.8-0.5.x.sparc.rpm
877cae10832b7334011d16bb718efb57 6.2/en/os/SRPMS/tmpwatch-2.8-0.6.x.src.rpm
4171f8fb2d7e28fad7fc767c67d20ea9 6.2/en/os/alpha/tmpwatch-2.8-0.6.x.alpha.rpm
845192bdfe16e48578607afd614d4d91 6.2/en/os/i386/tmpwatch-2.8-0.6.x.i386.rpm
885ca5c74bd6a04ddbee6bc4ff7a5078 6.2/en/os/sparc/tmpwatch-2.8-0.6.x.sparc.rpm
32c5840685e5c7f27a931b71fbbc0f43 7.0/en/os/SRPMS/tmpwatch-2.8-0.7.x.src.rpm
23c87a9dc22b563a7a621896de2873f8 7.0/en/os/alpha/tmpwatch-2.8-0.7.x.alpha.rpm
56ad67a94033fd3a856b015f44f30e36 7.0/en/os/i386/tmpwatch-2.8-0.7.x.i386.rpm
32c5840685e5c7f27a931b71fbbc0f43 7.1/en/os/SRPMS/tmpwatch-2.8-0.7.x.src.rpm
23c87a9dc22b563a7a621896de2873f8 7.1/en/os/alpha/tmpwatch-2.8-0.7.x.alpha.rpm
56ad67a94033fd3a856b015f44f30e36 7.1/en/os/i386/tmpwatch-2.8-0.7.x.i386.rpm
7873fc82cf1417bf0f74273f063f58e7 7.1/en/os/ia64/tmpwatch-2.8-0.7.x.ia64.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat, Inc. for security.  Our key
is available at:
    http://www.redhat.com/corp/contact.html

You can verify each package with the following command:
    rpm --checksig  

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or
tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:
    rpm --checksig --nogpg 

8. References:




Copyright(c) 2000, 2001 Red Hat, Inc.
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