Ignition fails with "something else exists at that path"

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Issue

  • When applying a MachineConfig to a machine, the machine fails to to start with the following or similar error message:

    CRITICAL : Ignition failed: failed to create files: failed to create files: failed to create file "/etc/audit/auditd.conf": error creating "/etc/audit/auditd.conf": something else exists at that path
    

Environment

  • Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (OCP) 4.6

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