[Bug 863] Implied regression in errors

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Mon Oct 21 23:13:16 CEST 2013


Phil Oester <netfilter at linuxace.com> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|NEW                         |RESOLVED
                 CC|                            |netfilter at linuxace.com
         Resolution|                            |INVALID
    Remaining Hours|1.0                         |0.0

--- Comment #1 from Phil Oester <netfilter at linuxace.com> 2013-10-21 23:13:15 CEST ---
Yes, from do_command4 if we were unable to initialize the table for any reason:

        if (!*handle)
                           "can't initialize iptables table `%s': %s",
                           *table, iptc_strerror(errno));

then in iptables_exit_error:

        if (status == VERSION_PROBLEM)
                        "Perhaps iptables or your kernel needs to be

This pedantry really isn't worth addressing.  The first error (you must be
root) spells out the problem quite nicely.  And the second error does say
"Perhaps" - which does not imply that it _will_ solve anything at all.  

If one were so inclined (and lacking in sanity), you could patch your kernel to
make all UIDs root equivalent.  So the second message is technically true - a
kernel upgrade COULD fix this issue.


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