/usr/local/etc/rc.d/ scripts and non-root user

RW fbsd06 at mlists.homeunix.com
Wed Feb 6 21:58:22 UTC 2008

On Wed, 06 Feb 2008 17:09:50 +0000
Alex Zbyslaw <xfb52 at dial.pipex.com> wrote:

> I personally much prefer scripts in rc.d because it's much easier to 
> migrate than crontabs, and if I never use a crontab I always know
> where to look.
> It looks to me like you shouldn't be starting the demon as user api - 
> startups scripts should always be started as root.  If the demon or 
> whatever is supposed to run as api not root, then perhaps your script 
> should say e.g.
>     su api -c the-path-to-the-demon-or-whatever
> root can su to whoever without a password, and api can su to api
> without a password, and everyone else gets prompted.

It's actually built into /etc/rc.subr,  the subversion server script is
a simple example of starting a daemon with a different user:

$ grep -v "^#" /usr/local/etc/rc.d/svnserve

. "/etc/rc.subr"

svnserve_flags=${svnserve_flags:-"-d --listen-port=3690"}

load_rc_config $name
command_args="-r ${svnserve_data}"

run_rc_command "$1"

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