Nagios installation problem


Having a problem installing Nagios 1.2 on Fedora Core 4. I’m following the documention step by step in the documentation on Nagios site. When I get to the step to run /usr/local/nagios/bin/nagios -v /usr/local/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg to check my config file. I get the following feedback:

Nagios 1.2
Copyright © 1999-2004 Ethan Galstad ([email protected])
Last Modified: 02-02-2004
License: GPL

Reading configuration data…

Error: Unexpected token or statement in file ‘/usr/local/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg’ on line 19.

***> One or more problems was encountered while processing the config files…

 Check your configuration file(s) to ensure that they contain valid
 directives and data defintions.  If you are upgrading from a previous
 version of Nagios, you should be aware that some variables/definitions
 may have been removed or modified in this version.  Make sure to read
 the HTML documentation on the main and host config files, as well as the
 'Whats New' section to find out what has changed.

Line #19 in my config file is:


The log file is in the correct place so it does exist, I don’t know what else to check for. Then, if I comment out that line in the config file, it just stops at the next line\file that’s not commented out (cfg_file=/usr/local/nagios/etc/checkcommands.cfg) and gives me the same message, then if I comment that line out, its stops at the next line\file that’s not commented and gives me the same thing…so it looks as though its going to see some sort of issue with every single uncommented line in the config file for some reason.

Anyone have any ideas on what could be wrong???



persmissions from the log file are:

-rw-r–r-- 1 nagios nagios 876 Aug 29 15:26 nagios.log

and permissions from the next file I stated in the original post is:

-rwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4475 Aug 30 14:58 checkcommands.cfg

After I run the command no additional info is posted in /var/log/messages
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You should change the permissions to this

-rw-rw-r-- 1 nagios nagios 21315 Sep 6 15:25 nagios.log
and for the other files too !!!

That is the user that Nagios is running as.

The problem is because NAGIOS can’t write to the file !!!

Edited Tue Sep 06 2005, 08:45AM ]


I’d like to see the lines before line 19. Paste all from 1-19 please.