Monit won't run

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http://serverfault.com – I have two identical EC2 instances (the second is a replica of the first), running Gentoo. The first instance has monit running which monitors a single process and some system resources and functions great. In the second instance, monit runs but quits right away. The configuration is similar on both instances so are the versions of monit. monit.log shows: [GMT Oct 3 08:36:41] info : monit daemon with PID 5 awakened Final lines on strace monit show: write(2, "monit daemon with PID 5 awakened"..., 33monit daemon with PID 5 awakened ) = 33 time(NULL) = 1349 (HowTos)