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Bug 51220

Summary: impossible to run apache with non-root permissions
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Fernando J. Martinez <fernando>
Component: apacheAssignee: Joe Orton <jorton>
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE QA Contact: David Lawrence <dkl>
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Version: 7.1CC: jpadfield, scop
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Description Fernando J. Martinez 2001-08-08 11:44:31 EDT
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Description of problem:
It's impossible to run apache with non-root permissions, because it tries 
to write a semaphore in /var/run:

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Ouch! ap_mm_create(1048576, "/var/run/httpd.mm.12420") failed
Error: MM: mm:core: failed to open semaphore file (Permission denied): OS: 
No such file or directory

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Mandrake 8 seems to have it solved in its package:

  apache-common-1.3.19-3mdk RPM for i586

See their changelog:

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
- Changed MM_CORE_PATH to /var/apache-mm/mm instead of /var/run/mm 
    because only root can write to /var/run and we have to be able to run 
    Apache as a non-root user! 

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


How reproducible:
Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Log in with non root permissions
2.Try to launch apache
3.
	

Actual Results:  The apacha is not started because it tries to access some 
files or directories not permitted to a non root user

Additional info:
Comment 1 Alexandre Oliva 2002-02-24 13:54:42 EST
I'd go ahead and suggest to make this pathname configurable in the httpd.conf
file, like all other pathnames that default to /var/run.

Meanwhile, here's a quick work-around: copy /usr/sbin/httpd elsewhere, then
change occurrences of /var/run in it to say /tmp/run (make sure it retains the
same length).  Then, create /tmp/run as the user who runs httpd and you're done.
Comment 2 Ville Skyttä 2002-06-13 14:47:02 EDT
Applies to Red Hat 7.3 too, and is pretty damn annoying.  What's the status of 
this? 
Comment 3 Joe Orton 2004-09-21 06:06:47 EDT

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 37233 ***
Comment 4 Red Hat Bugzilla 2006-02-21 13:48:05 EST
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.