Bug 37233 - Normal users cannot start private apaches
Normal users cannot start private apaches
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: apache (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Joe Orton
David Lawrence
: 51220 77703 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2001-04-23 13:59 EDT by Julio Sanchez Fernandez
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:32 EDT (History)
3 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2004-09-21 06:00:55 EDT
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Description Julio Sanchez Fernandez 2001-04-23 13:59:58 EDT
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.75 [en]C-STL/0.3  (WinNT; U)

EAPI_MM_CORE_PATH is set to an absolute path (/var/run/httpd.mm.xxx) and cannot be overridden.

As a consequence, non-root users trying to start servers get a permission denied error.

This is not an unsurmountable problem in production use, but it is a major setback (that did not exist in prior versions) for development where it 
is common to have different users run their own servers.

The problem is described in the FAQ for mod_ssl at http://www.modssl.org/docs/2.8/ssl_faq.html#mmpath

Notice that the problem is nor avoided by not loading mod_ssl, the EAPI patch affects all configurations.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1.as a normal user, start apache as httpd -f /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Actual Results:  Apache does not start and shows the message:

Ouch! ap_mm_create(1048576, "/var/run/httpd.mm.14524") failed
Error: MM: mm:core: failed to open semaphore file (Permission denied): OS: No such file or directory
Comment 1 Nalin Dahyabhai 2001-07-24 15:18:44 EDT
The fix for this problem will be incorporated into a pending errata for Apache
1.3.20, and in Raw Hide.  In testing, it appears to default to creating the file
under [ServerRoot]/logs/, as it has previously.
Comment 2 Joe Orton 2004-09-21 06:00:55 EDT
Thanks for the report.  This bug is no longer present in the Apache
httpd 2.0 packages in Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora Core.
Comment 3 Joe Orton 2004-09-21 06:07:12 EDT
*** Bug 51220 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 4 Joe Orton 2004-09-21 06:26:01 EDT
*** Bug 77703 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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