Can't start fail2ban after upgrade

I just upgraded to the latest distro version 5.211.65-6 and noticed that fail2ban is no longer running. I tried starting it in “System Admin” but it times out. In SSH it fails too. Anyone know why this is happening or how to fix this? Thanks.

[[email protected] ~]# service fail2ban status
Fail2ban is stopped

[[email protected] ~]# service fail2ban start
Starting fail2ban: [FAILED]

[[email protected] ~]# /etc/init.d/fail2ban start
Starting fail2ban: [FAILED]

In boot.log I find the following errors.
Starting fail2ban: e[60G[e[0;31mFAILEDe[0;39m]

Stopping fail2ban: e[60G[e[0;31mFAILEDe[0;39m]
Starting fail2ban: e[60G[e[0;31mFAILEDe[0;39m]
/etc/rc3.d/S99local: line 10: /etc/ No such file or directory

Try a amportal restart.

[[email protected] ~]# amportal restart
Please wait…
Waiting for Asterisk to Stop Gracefully…
Asterisk Stopped

Permissions OK
Removing any dangling symlinks
Dangling symlinks removed
Asterisk Started
Stopping fail2ban: [FAILED]
Starting fail2ban: [FAILED]

Can I uninstall fail2ban and reinstall?
Maybe a fresh install will fix it?
fail2ban noarch 0.8.8-99_el6 @schmooze-commercial 639 k

The log file should tell you why:-


log file stopped working when fail2ban stopped.
yum remove fail2ban
yum install fail2ban
everything works. Thanks.

everything works