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Asterisk couldn't run because of permissions...//var/run/asterisk.pid  -- On boot up

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Asterisk will not start on boot up after upgrade to Ubuntu 9.0.4 from 8.10

Asterisk couldn't run because of permissions...//var/run/asterisk.pid  -- On boot up



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by:fmarzocca
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Kill Asterisk and stop any of its running services, then try changing the owner:

sudo chown asterisk:asterisk /var/run/asterisk

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by:jkockler
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Okay, the file "asterisk.pid" only exists when Asterisk is running.  I changed the owner of the file, with the command you gave me.  It changed the owner to Asterisk, then rebooted, with the same error.  I checked for the file "asterisk.pid" before starting asterisk, to find it was not there.  I started Asterisk and the file appeared.

This must mean that a preliminary Asterisk startup command is either failing, or not runing at all, and the error message is a result of the file "asterisk.pid" not existing.

Any ideas?

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by:jkockler
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I am also getting a Zaptel error on boot, that says "waiting for Zaptel to come online"  -- Then fails with Zaptel not installed.

I do not have any Zaptel hardware, or anything that i know of that requires it.  Is this a problem, and could it be causing Asterisk not to start properly?

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You can't change permission to file .pid, as it will appear only when running.

Stop Asterisk and run this:

sudo chown -R asterisk:asterisk /var/run/asterisk

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by:jkockler
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I looked at "asterisk.conf"

I noticed the line
"astrundir => /var/run/"    and so I changed it to
"astrundir => /var/run/asterisk"  -----
Then I ran your command above.

That resolved the error on boot up, but Asterisk is still not started when the machine boots.
I still have to run "sudo asterisk" in order for it to start.


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by:jkockler
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Well, slight correction,

The .pid file and .ctl file exist in the //var/run/asterisk directory on bootup, but non of the phones will register, and when I try to connect to the CLI, it fails with "Unable to connect to remote asterisk (does /var/run/asterisk/asterisk.ctl exist?"

If I run sudo asterisk, everything starts to work.
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jkockler earned 0 total points
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Well looks like I found the fix:

First I changed asterisk.conf back to the original settings of
"astrundir => /var/run/"

Then I followed the steps at this link http://www.voipuser.org/forum_topic_3621.html

All the steps are on the lastest post, on the thread, if anyone else has this problem.
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by:jkockler
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And here are the steps, in case the other site goes away;

I tested the debian script on my Ubuntu 7.10 and it work.

copy /mytemp/asterisk-1.4.19/contrib/init.d/rc.debian.asterisk
to /etc/init.d/asterisk
chmod 755 /etc/init.d/asterisk

cd /etc/init.d
# to remove the script from boot
update-rc.d -f asterisk remove

# to set the script as boot
update-rc.d asterisk defaults
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