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Old 09-19-2004, 01:27 AM   #1
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Question Apache users and Groups


while checking the "httpd.conf" after install apache2 from the source code i came accross this

user/Group: The name (or #number) of the user/group to run httpd as. # . On SCO (ODT 3) use "User nouser" and "Group nogroup". # . On HPUX you may not be able to use shared memory as nobody, and the # suggested workaround is to create a user www and use that user. # NOTE that some kernels refuse to setgid(Group) or semctl(IPC_SET) # when the value of (unsigned)Group is above 60000; # don't use Group #-1 on these systems! #

User nobody
Group #-1

can anybody please explain it to me? because i thought when you install apache it create user and group named "apache" ?

thanks in advance
Old 09-19-2004, 07:17 PM   #2
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This is not an automatic thing. On a per distro basis, meaning, if your distro chooses to, they may indeed create the user/group apache when installing apache. However, you do not have to have this user/group, however it is advised to run it as an unprivileged user, and this would be one good way to do so



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