Varnish won't start

Vladimir Vuksan vlists at
Mon Mar 15 13:57:49 CET 2010

You are running Ubuntu however your kernel 
is 2.6.18-128.2.1.el5.028stab064.8 (presumably a hand rolled kernel 
distributed with RH). I don't know if that is the cause of the problem. 
Perhaps not. The only other thing I can think of is AppArmor although 
presumably if it was packaged by Ubuntu they would have included an 
AppArmor profile.


On Sun, 14 Mar 2010, Erik Wickstrom wrote:

> I just installed varnish via apt on Ubuntu 9.10.  When I try to start it, nothing happens.  If I
> turn debugging on, I get this error:
> root at varnish-1:~# /usr/sbin/varnishd -P /var/run/ -a :80 -T localhost:6082 -f
> /etc/varnish/default.vcl -s file,/var/lib/varnish/server/varnish_storage.bin,1G -d -d
> storage_file: filename: /var/lib/varnish/server/varnish_storage.bin size 1024 MB.
> Using old SHMFILE
> Debugging mode, enter "start" to start child
> start
> Assert error in start_child(), mgt_child.c line 300:
>   Condition(open("/dev/null", O_RDONLY) == STDIN_FILENO) not true.
>   errno = 13 (Permission denied)
> child (19962) Started
> Pushing vcls failed: CLI communication error
> root at varnish-1:~# uname -a
> Linux varnish-1 2.6.18-128.2.1.el5.028stab064.8 #1 SMP Fri Nov 6 12:26:59 MSK 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
> root at varnish-1:~# 
> I can't even start it as root.  Same error.

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