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permission problem on windows with etc\system\metadata\default.meta

Communicator

I installed Splunk Universal forwarder on Windows (2008 rc2), but when I tried to upgrade or to uninstall, it failed.

Error 1321. The Installer has insufficient privileges to modify the file D:\Program Files\SplunkUniversalForwarder\etc\system\metadata\default.meta

It seems to be linked to the MSI installer.
I checked the file it's locked, and there are no visible owner or permissions, even windows doesn't know how to display it.

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

There is a workaround to fix the file permissions :

Manually updates the permissions of the $Splunk$\etc\system\metadata folder prior to upgrading/uninstall the forwarder. Set the folder to "Inherit Permissions from Parent", and after upgrade, the default.meta file was not corrupt.

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

There is a workaround to fix the file permissions :

Manually updates the permissions of the $Splunk$\etc\system\metadata folder prior to upgrading/uninstall the forwarder. Set the folder to "Inherit Permissions from Parent", and after upgrade, the default.meta file was not corrupt.

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

If you have a broken instance on the latest version (6.0 currently), and want to fix it without uninstalling, here is a workaround :

previous state : splunkforwarder version 6 with the permission issue

  • stop the splunkforwarder service
  • change recursively the owner of the folder $SPLUNK_HOME\etc\system to your user or the system
  • repair the install using the MSI command line for the same version 6.0 msiexec /fa splunkforwarder-6.0-*.msi
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Communicator

It worked. I still don't know what causes that. Is is only with MSI installer on the command line ?

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