[K12OSN] /etc/ltsp/dhcpd.conf must NOT be a symbolic link

Terrell Prude' Jr. microman at cmosnetworks.com
Thu Sep 8 04:13:29 UTC 2011

Might be an SELinux thing, if you have it running in enforcing mode. I 
ran into this when moving virtual machines from one filesystem to 
another. Not only does the file need to be the right permissions, but so 
does the symlink ("chcon -h [security context] /my/symbolic/link" helps 
out here).


Brian Fristensky wrote:
> I just installed the most recent LTSP on RHEL6.1, and everything went 
> fine,
> except that ltsp-dhcpd would not start.
> After a lot of head scratching, I finally looked at /var/log/messages
> and discovered a "permission denied" message for dhcpd.conf.
> My practice is that I never change files in /etc, because I try to cut 
> down on
> the size of things that need to be backed up. Rather, if I want to 
> change a file, I put a copy
> of it in /usr/local/etc, which does get backed up, and then make a 
> symbolic
> link to it. Rebuilding a system from scratch is as simple as 
> recreating those
> symbolic links (a very small number) when a system is restored from 
> backups.
> In any case, simply copying this file back to /etc/ltsp fixed it, and 
> my thin client
> booted up and started ltsp flawlessly.
> It might be a useful tweak to ltsp to allow files to be symbolic 
> links. Not sure
> why it didn't like the link.
> Brian
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