[vdr] VDR 1.3.38 and "-u root"

Ludwig Nussel ludwig.nussel at gmx.de
Mon Jan 9 23:11:32 CET 2006

Udo Richter wrote:
> Klaus Schmidinger wrote:
> >There have been reports from people who want to run
> >VDR as user 'root' and have trouble with access rights
> >when using "-u root".
> >
> >The attached patch simply skips all the SetCaps() and SetUser()
> >stuff when VDR is started as 'root' and the option "-u root"
> >has been given. This should then behave just like older versions.
> Wouldn't it be a lot more natural and intuitive if the default for -u 
> would be not to switch users at all? It wouldn't change the (previous) 
> default behavior and it doesn't use two hard-coded user names (vdr and 
> root). Specifying -u root to disable switching is at least strange...

For distributions the only sane default is to ship vdr running as
unprivileged user. It's really helpful if upstream vdr also behaves
this way by default as more people and especially plugin developers
notice if there are permission problems.


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