Cassandra error Unit cassandra.service entered failed state

Updated: Jan 30

We get this error when we start our Cassandra recently. New main PID x does not belong to service, and PID file is not owned by root. Refusing. After checking, we found that it is a bug for cassandra startup file.


Error Log for Unit cassandra.service entered failed state

systemctl status cassandra cassandra.service - LSB: distributed storage system for Aug 09 17:20:26 desktop43.example.com cassandra[2463]: Starting Cassandra: OK Aug 09 17:20:26 desktop43.example.com systemd[1]: New main PID 2545 does not belong to service, and PID file is not owned by root. Refusing. Aug 09 17:20:26 desktop43.example.com systemd[1]: New main PID 2545 does not belong to service, and PID file is not owned by root. Refusing. Aug 09 17:20:26 desktop43.example.com systemd[1]: Failed to start LSB: distributed storage system for structured data. Aug 09 17:20:26 desktop43.example.com systemd[1]: Unit cassandra.service entered failed state. Aug 09 17:20:26 desktop43.example.com systemd[1]: cassandra.service failed.


Fix Unit cassandra.service entered failed state

The fix for systemd CVE-2018-16888 required changes to init scripts, so that PID files end up owned by the "root" user. Here is the fix for this issue. https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-15273


After this file /etc/rc.d/init.d/cassandra is changed, the issue is gone.


OS vulnerability:https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/cve-2018-16888

Cassandra bug:https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-15273

script fix: https://issues.apache.org/jira/secure/attachment/12993922/0001-Fix-Red-Hat-init-script-on-newer-systemd-versions.patch

file: /etc/rc.d/init.d/cassandra



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