[rabbitmq-discuss] SuSE: 2.8.0 start script uses 'runuser'

Steve Powell steve at rabbitmq.com
Tue Mar 20 12:23:44 GMT 2012

Dear Josh,

Thanks for telling us about this -- this is rather embarrassing. In
attempting to get Linux server installations to start the rabbitmq-service
without blocking shutdown, we used runuser for certain systems. Our

A workaround ought to be to replace runuser in the relevant script, as

On line 29 (or thereabouts) in the rabbitmq-server script in init.d
there is a line like this:

START_PROG="runuser rabbitmq --session-command"

which you should replace with:


This will cause the rabbitmq-server service to be started with 'su'. Be
aware that this might inhibit shutdown (since su creates a PAM session
for the user rabbitmq).

We'll update our SuSE rpm file, when we find a proper solution to this.

Steve Powell  (a happy bunny)
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On 20 Mar 2012, at 08:34, Josh Geisser wrote:

> Hi all
> I just noticed that ‘rabbitmq-server-2.8.0-1.suse.noarch.rpm’ throws the following error when being started:
> /etc/init.d/rabbitmq-server: line 60: runuser: command not found
> The old 2.7.1 packaged rc-script was just fine
> FYI & cheers
> Josh
> /etc/SuSE-release sais we’re using
> SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86_64)
> VERSION = 11
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