Umm, no... it's just that my post to LinuxQuestions.org was looking for advice on what I might have been doing wrong, after I had made my best efforts and failed. You suggested raising a bug request, which I take as a serious matter, and wanted to run it past the sys admin who gives me occasional help on the box before passing the chance of raising a bug that might still be my user error.
But I'm sorry - I really hadn't guessed that you would waiting in anticipation of my bug report... I thought my process deliberations would be "too much information". Anyway, I can give an update...
The process I followed immediately before raising this ticket was:
- Made the changes described above (and others)
- Re-ran the daily cron, and received exactly the output pasted above
But the next morning, the cron ran automatically and returned only:
Warning: Found enabled inetd service: ident
so I was a bit confused by that... other changes I'd made (eg. changing PermitRootLogin setting) had taken effect in the e-mail I triggered manually, so [rhetorical:] had something happened overnight to flush the rest of the settings, or had I made some mistake?
If I raised a bug at this moment, it would be:
- rkhunter appears not to change all settings immediately the .conf file is updated
- rkhunter appears not to exclude the inet service "ident" at all.
But as someone who is unaccomplished in Linux, I reasoned that I needed to take advice locally before potentially embarrassing myself and inconveniencing others.
I will raise a bug after I've had my actions reviewed, if they're confirmed; or write another update to this thread if it turns out to have been a fault of my own. But in may be a couple of weeks - the sys admin who can review my steps can only spare me occasional time.
All the best