Unable to find the User entry error while installing the apache web agent

Struck with error, unable to find the user entry while installing the apache web agent.

The errors can be “Unable to find the “User” entry in the httpd.conf file, will try APACHE_RUN_USER environment variable” and/or “Unable to find the “Group” entry in the httpd.conf file, will try APACHE_RUN_GROUP environment variable”.

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Follow the steps to resolve the error.

Unable to find the User entry

The following error was pop-up on the screen while installing the web agent.

OpenAM Web Agent for Apache Server installation.

Validating…

Error validating OpenAM – Agent configuration.

Installation failed.

errors:

2021-04-09 10:11:23 OpenAM Web Agent for Apache server silent installation 2021-04-09 10:11:23 license accepted with –acceptLicence option
2021-04-09 10:11:23 license was accepted earlier
2021-04-09 10:11:23 Unable to find the “User” entry in the httpd.conf file, will try APACHE_RUN_USER environment variable
2021-04-09 10:11:23 Unable to find the “Group” entry in the httpd.conf file, will try APACHE_RUN_GROUP environment variable
2021-04-09 10:11:23 am_agent_login(): closing connection after failure
2021-04-09 10:11:23 error validating OpenAM agent configuration
2021-04-09 10:11:23 installation error
2021-04-09 10:11:23 installation exit

You may not find any alternative error while installing, you can only find the following error in the error_log when you start the server.

[unixd:alert] [pid 6616:tid 140758435143128] AH02155: getpwuid: couldn’t determine user name from uid 4294967295, you need to change the user directive.

This is due to the user and the group is not in set in apache httpd.conf file or in the APACHE_RUN_USER and APACHE_RUN_GROUP environment variables.

The Apache worker process requires read/write access to the agent configuration and log files. Try to ensure that the apache is running right with user context and also ensure that agent files much be owned and accessible in a way.

In order to solve this, we will look ahead.

Check and ensure that the user and the group are set.

To do this, we can use the httpd.conf file or an equivalent file.

example:

a) To review the httpd.conf file and check user and group Status

$ cat httpd.conf | grep ‘User\|Group’
…
User apache
Group apache
..

By default, it will be Apache.

If not make it as apache or nobody

b) Review the envvars file to ensure the user and group are in the APACHE_RUN_USER and APACHE_RUN_GROUP environment variables.

For example:

$ cat envvars | grep ‘APACHE_RUN_USER\|APACHE_RUN_GROUP’
export APACHE_RUN_USER=apache
export APACHE_RUN_GROUP=apache

If not set, make it as apache or nobody.

  • Review the passwd and group files to check whether the user and group match what is in httpd.conf file or equivalent.

For example:

$ cat /etc/passwd | grep apache
apache:x:48:48:apache:/usr/share/httpd:/sbin/nologin
$ cat /etc/group | grep apache
apache:x:48:

If they don’t, we match them to what is in the httpd.conf file or equivalent.

The agent installer will change the user and the group ownership in the apache configuration.

Conclusion

In short, if you fail to set the user and group in the apache httpd.cof file. follow the instructions to resolve the error. if not you can also take technical team support to solve the error on your behalf.

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