Getting error Error: Could not stat() command file '/us


Hello everyone,

I am fairly new to nagios. I’ve encountered a problem that is driving me crazy. I’ve installed Nagios, started it, am able to use the web interface to monitor my hosts, but when I try to use the web interface to schedule a host for downtime or make a comment I get the following error:

Error: Could not stat() command file ‘/usr/local/nagios/var/rw/nagios.cmd’!

I’ve followed the instructions for setting .cgi permissions, but I am still getting the error. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!



Hello everyone,

Here is the fix. In this example I am running Fedora Core 4. The problem is with SELINUX. To resolve the problem I did the following:

vi /etc/sysconfig/selinux

I THEN CHANGED SELINUX=enforcing to SELINUX=permissive

This file controls the state of SELinux on the system.

SELINUX= can take one of these three values:

enforcing - SELinux security policy is enforced.

permissive - SELinux prints warnings instead of enforcing.

disabled - SELinux is fully disabled.


SELINUXTYPE= type of policy in use. Possible values are:

targeted - Only targeted network daemons are protected.

strict - Full SELinux protection.


Hope this helps!!!


It is SELinux that is causing your error. The problem is that it sets security context on all files.

If you type: ls -laZ on the default /usr/local /var/rw folder, what permissions are returned?

Mine look like this-
[grahama@p550 ~]$ ls -laZ /usr/local/nagios/var/rw
drwxrwsr-x nagios nagcmd system_u:object_r:httpd_sys_script_rw_t .
drwxrwxr-x nagios nagios system_u:object_r:usr_t …
prw-rw---- nagios nagcmd user_u:object_r:httpd_sys_script_rw_t nagios.cmd

Sorry about the wrap.

there is another way to temporarily disable SELinux - simply type setenforce 0 to disable on the fly. 1 will enable it again.

chcon will set these permissions.