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I have RabiitMQ running on a CentOS 5.5 box, with Erlang R15B01. RabbitMQ was running just swell until I upgraded to the latest version (2.8.4).

When I startup RabbitMQ using the command:

/etc/init.d/rabbitmq start

In the RabbitMQ startup_log I'm seeing the following:

{error_logger,{{2012,7,11},{11,44,15}},"Cookie file /var/lib/rabbitmq/.erlang.cookie mus be accessible by owner only",[]}

The Erlang cookie has the following permissions:

-rwxr-xr-x 1 rabbitmq rabbitmq 17 Jul 10 12:20 .erlang.cookie

Has anyone else experienced this? Or does anyone have some troubleshooting steps I could follow?

Many thanks, Risteard

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Well, that error message tells you exactly what needs to happen:

$ chmod 600 /var/lib/rabbitmq/.erlang.cookie
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