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Old 08-15-2005, 03:06 PM   #1
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Help in setting up TWiki... removing user "nobody"

Hi ... I am in the process of installing twiki on my system ... Its for a project i'm doing.. So i was reading the section "Editing the configuration files" in the main documentation... It says to check the settings of twiki by running the testenv script..
i.e http://localhost:3000/twiki/bin/testenv
I ran that and here is a subsection of the output
$pubDir: /home/haynes/twiki/pub

    This is the public directory, as seen from the file system. It must correspond to $pubUrlPath. 
    This directory is not writable by nobody user. 

$templateDir: /home/haynes/twiki/templates

    This is the TWiki template directory, as seen from the file system. 

$dataDir: /home/haynes/twiki/data

    This is the data directory where TWiki stores all topics. 
    This directory must be writable by the nobody user.
I had changed the permissions of all the files in pub/ bin/ lib/ to a different user "haynes" .. but the error is still coming..

How do i remove this nobody?? .. If it stays there .. wont i be able to execute the CGI scripts as ?? I suppose i should be as i am the user owning the cgi scripts..

plz do help


Old 08-17-2005, 12:23 AM   #2
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nobody is a system user that you should not remove

chown -R nobody:root /your/directory/here/
Old 08-17-2005, 12:28 AM   #3
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The "nobody" user is standard in just about every distro I've seen. It is an unprivileged account, and just the same way that everything in *nix is a file, everything in *nix must also belong to someone. For processes that don't belong to anyone else, "nobody" owns them. Practically speaking, nobody may run a small number of background processes (depending on what you've installed)

In any case, I don't think you want to get rid of nobody, as it actually has a purpose. Sorry I can't help with the installation question -- J.W.


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