dirsrv does not start

Timotheus Pokorra timotheus at pokorra.de
Thu Nov 7 16:10:36 CET 2013

Hello Joe,

I have the error message here:
Failed to create semaphore for stats file
(/var/run/dirsrv/slapd-kolab.stats). Error 13.(Permission denied)

This problem is also mentioned in the new documentation:


On 7 November 2013 12:53, Joe Bloggs <coolstuck at aol.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I've only just started to look at Kolab this last week or so.  Very
> impressive.
> I see a few people have been having problems with setting up the 389 dirsrv
> on CentOS.
> During my installations on CentOS 6.2 I found there was a problem with
> permissions on /dev/shm, which would cause setup-kolab to fail.  The failure
> would occur during setup, and even if the permissions were set appropriately
> just prior to setup, then on restart kolab would fail because of dirsrv not
> starting.
> On reboot, CentOS 6.2 was re-setting the permissions on /dev/shm to their
> original pattern.  I contacted my hosting company, and it was nothing they
> were doing.  They suggested an init script which re-set the permissions on
> every boot.  That is what I used, and it got me through the setup and
> re-boots.
> These are the permissions I use:
> chmod 1777 /dev/shm
> It seems to be the sticky bit that is the necessary permission.
> I hope that helps some others.  Particularly since I read that CentOS may
> become the preferred distribution for kolab.
> Joe
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