audit raises error when adding watch-excludes to missing executables

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  • When adding a watch-exclude on a missing executable and parent directory, auditd refuses to load the configuration.
  • Watch-excludes on missing executables raise "No such file or directory" errors.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • audit <= 2.8.4-4.el7.x86_64
  • Sharing same rules on different systems, some having additional agents installed to be excluded from auditing

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