Unprivileged user?

Ricardo Newbery ric at digitalmarbles.com
Tue Apr 15 10:10:21 CEST 2008

On Apr 15, 2008, at 12:31 AM, Michael S. Fischer wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 12:25 AM, Ricardo Newbery
> <ric at digitalmarbles.com> wrote:
>> Assuming that "nobody" is an available user on your system, then is
>> the "-u user" option for varnishd superfluous?
> Who's to say that "nobody" is an unprivileged user?
> /etc/passwd:
> nobody:*:0:0:alias for root:...
> Well-engineered software doesn't make potentially false assumptions
> about the environment in which it runs.
> --Michael

Geez Michael... this is unnecessarily snarky.

Anyone that redefines "nobody" in this way is just asking for  
trouble.  But in any case, I'm not suggesting that this option is  
superfluous in the general case.  I'm just trying to find out whether,  
in the ordinary scenario, I need to concern myself with the access  
privileges of the less-privileged user -- as is the case in many other  
apps that do this, like Apache or Varnish.


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