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Unable to edit schedule: Permission denied

Technote (troubleshooting)


This technote explains why Permission denied error occurs for users that have been granted full access rights to the IBM® Rational® ClearCase® Scheduler ACL list on UNIX® and Linux®.


The root user can run the cleartool schedule -get -acl command successfully.

When the vobadm user attempts to run the same command, the following error occurs:

cleartool: Error: Unable to edit schedule: Permission denied.

Note: This error occurs even though the ACL command shows that the vobadm user has full permissions as shown:

{root}%cleartool schedule -get -acl
# Scheduler ACL:
Everyone:Read Full


The cause of the error occurs because the user vobadm exists as a local user account in /etc/passwd as well as an account on the NIS domain and the machine has been configured to look at the local passwd file only.

In this case, the system's /etc/nsswitch.conf has this entry:

passwd:     files

Resolving the problem

Note that all tasks are owned by root and the scheduler itself executes as root.

You have two options to correct this problem in order to grant alternate permissions to another account:

Option #1

Use the NIS vobadm account:

Login as root and add nis into /etc/nsswitch.conf file as shown:

passwd:     nis files

Option #2

Use a domain-wide account.

User:domainname/<userid | vobadm> Full

Note: The UNIX command domainname returns the NIS domain name.

Document information

More support for: Rational ClearCase
Operating System Configurations

Software version: 7.0, 2002.05.00, 2003.06.00

Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, IRIX, Linux, Solaris

Reference #: 1135247

Modified date: 27 October 2010

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