Posts Tagged ‘log’

auth.log errors: missing

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

I had an authorization log (/var/lib/auth.log) was filling up with errors related to a missing library:

May  1 01:25:01 servername CRON[1906]: pam_unix(cron:session): session opened for user root by (uid=0)
May  1 01:25:01 servername CRON[1906]: pam_unix(cron:session): session closed for user root
May  1 01:25:16 servername auth: PAM unable to dlopen(/lib/security/ /lib/security/ cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
May  1 01:25:16 servername auth: PAM adding faulty module: /lib/security/

…over and over. I tried upgrading winbind to the latest version in the Debian stable repositories. I installed libpam-winbind (2:3.6.6-6+deb7u3 for both). Neither of those actions fixed the problem. The library,, was not present in /lib/security.

After reading this thread:

I found that the library was simply in the wrong location. It was the only file under /lib/powerpc-linux-gnu/security/. This machine is a powerpc. Other architectures will have a different architecture name in the /lib directory.

The simple solution was to make a symlink under at /lib/security/ that points to the existing library at /lib/powerpc-linux-gnu/security/

sudo ln -s /lib/powerpc-linux-gnu/security/ /lib/security/

No more errors in the auth.log.

The ‘Register’ page is now the ‘Log’ page

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

I renamed the ‘Register’ page to the ‘Log’ page because the former was misleading. While I used the term as a noun (a list or record) it is more typically used online in its verb form (as in ‘to enroll’). Given the context, I decided that ‘log’ was less confusing. I refuse to use the term ‘blog’, since that term more often than not refers to useless narcissistic ramblings made specifically with a public audience in mind. In my case, my ‘log’ is as much for me as anyone else.

Edit 07/26/14:

Can someone tell me why this is the most popular page on this site? I’m very confused.