Subject: snort daemon starts up and dies
To: None <>
From: Jeffrey B. Green <>
List: tech-security
Date: 03/18/2005 18:06:32

I thought that this item would be somewhere on a faq or list but I've 
searched many places and haven't found the answer. The problem is that I 
start snort up in daemon mode, e.g. "/usr/pkg/etc/rc.d/snort start" and 
it goes through its steps and appears on a ps readout for about a minute 
and then it dies. /var/log/messages gives no indication as to why it 
died, just messages about the configuration. I had a similar experience 
with debian sarge on another machine recently but an update to snort 
seemed to fix that. Until it was fixed I could only run it in non daemon 
mode. So, I'm giving up and asking you all, why is the snort daemon 
dying on me?

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