Start Freeradius at boot

John Dennis jdennis at
Tue Sep 29 16:58:48 CEST 2009

On 09/29/2009 10:42 AM, Paul.Blalock at wrote:
> I appreciate your insight, and I might have to go with a pre-built
> package after all. But I did go ahead and issue the commands, and when I
> run
> chkconfig --list radiusd This is what I get.
> radiusd 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off
> According to the links that you sent me, this is what it is supposed to
> say, but the radiusd service still does not start at boot time, it still
> requires me to log on to the gnome desktop as root before the service
> will start.

Logging on the the gnome desktop as root is insanely insecure, never do 
it. As a matter of fact in current Fedora releases you're prohibited 
from starting a desktop session as root. Instead you should open a 
terminal window and then su, or better add yourself to the sudoers list 
and sudo your commands.

We'll assume you're in the sudoers list. What happens when you issue:

service radiusd status

Is it running, according to you not, just checking though. If it's not 
starting a boot time with it enabled via chkconfig then it's probably 
not starting successfully. What happens when you:

sudo service radiusd start

Does it start? If so I can't explain what's going on because that's 
virtually identical to what should happen at boot time.

Do you have SELinux enabled and in *enforcing* mode?

BTW, I have no idea if the initscript shipped in the FreeRADIUS 
distribution will work as we provide our own (another reason to use our 
RPM's). I also know we're going to be reworking the initscript to comply 
with LSB requirements.

John Dennis <jdennis at>

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