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Old 05-13-2005, 02:53 AM   #1
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Starting a Service at Boot as a Different user, how?

Hi all,

I have a Teamspeak server and have added the Startup script into my /etc/init.d and created all the links in the rc.d folder to be able to manage it via chkconfig so that the service start when the machine starts...this works fine.

My question is how do I get this to start as another user other than root? When the machine starts the service is running as root and this can't be there a way of gettng it to run as a different user? I know I can stop it and then start it as any other user when the server is up but I do not want to have to do this all the time.

Thanks for any advise in advance.


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Old 05-13-2005, 07:26 AM   #2
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You could try editing the startup scripts and adding the appropriate su command where the script starts the program.
Old 05-16-2005, 07:05 PM   #3
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Assume the service you want to start as another user is "myservice", here is what I would do:

mkdir /usr/local/init

cd into /etc/rc.d/init.d

Move the myservice init script you want to change the user for, into /usr/local/init

Make a simple "wrapper" shell script to execute it as a different user, and name it what the service is


exec sudo -u USER /usr/local/init/myservice
On boot, when the service runs, it will run your wrapper script, which executes the real init script as the specified USER

Hope this helps


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