[icecast] Reccomended user? Root or "normal"?

Dale Ghent daleg at elemental.org
Wed Sep 12 19:00:22 UTC 2001

On Wed, 12 Sep 2001, Xavier Montero wrote:

| Is there any problem to run icecast as a normal user? I know that
| if run along with liveice, I'll have to setup /dev/dsp to that
| user, but what about TCP/IP ports? Will it be able to run normally
| or I have to run it as root?

I always run icecast as user "nobody", and there's no problems with
running it as a non-root user. As long as icecast is using TCP ports that
are > 1024, you do no need to be root to bind to them.

| Will this help in the stability of the system? This would allow a
| crash to only crash the user's memory space and not the system's
| space.

It will have no effect on stability of the system. Even when you run the
app as root, you are using protected memory.


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