[CentOS] w stopped working after upgrading procps

Thu Apr 6 20:40:11 UTC 2006
Johnny Hughes <mailing-lists at hughesjr.com>

On Thu, 2006-04-06 at 21:18 +0100, Chris Croome wrote:
> Hi
> I have just installed a lot of updates on a CentOS 4 box and w appears
> to have stopped working -- this machine has 3 or 4 people connected via
> ssh, yet this is all that is outputted:
>   # w
>   20:46:32 up 301 days,  3:21,  0 users,  load average: 0.02, 0.03, 0.04
>   USER     TTY      FROM              LOGIN@   IDLE   JCPU   PCPU WHAT
> "rpmverify procps" returns nothing so the package hasn't been messed
> with.
> I don't want to reboot the server -- does any have any suggestions what
> could be done to get w working again?
We are tracking this issue as a bug.

Basically ... it seems that for w to continue to work, you have to have
the latest version of opsnssh, audit and audit-libs installed.  With
those installed and a CentOS kernel, everything seems fine (Even older
CentOS kernels and those from CentOS Plus).

Other external kernels (some fedora ... some kernel.org) seems to break

Here is the bug:


We won't be patching code to fix this unless it is fixed from upstream.
(This is one of the reasons I don't recommend building your own
kernels ... but that thread is probably better left dead :)
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