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Re: Problem with permissions

From: Jano <alejandro_at_mosteo.com>
Date: 2004-07-21 11:44:23 CEST

Ulrich Eckhardt wrote:
> Jano wrote:
>
>>The repository is accessed via Apache2, which is run under the nobody
>>disabled account. Hence, the repository is owned by nobody since it
>>doesn't work otherwise.
>
> [...]
>
>>I would want to run the script not under the root account, if possible.
>>Is there something I can do, or have I some misconfiguration in place?
>
>
> I think that the user 'nobody' should never own any files or directories. I
> can imagine that this user intentionally can't create temporary files, which
> would probably mess up the BDB access.
> As far as Apache is concerned, isn't it normal to run that as user 'www' or
> 'www-data'? I think that would also be right in your case, i.e. let the
> repository be owned by that instead of 'nobody'.

Mmmmm, I frankly don't know about the nobody limitations. I'm using a
slightly tweaked default config file which came with Apache and I didn't
touch that. ITOH, I've been working with this configuration for some
time without any other problem.

Preliminary googling hints at nobody being a regular user account, in my
case disabled and only used by Apache AFAIK. So I don't think I will
gain anything moving things to www... :/

Interesting enough, there is an 'apache' account in my system... it has
!! in the /etc/shadow password field, whatever that means...

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