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From "Todd Lipcon (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (HADOOP-8450) tidy up src/test/system/c++/runAs
Date Thu, 31 May 2012 20:56:24 GMT

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Todd Lipcon commented on HADOOP-8450:
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AFAIK this was part of Herriot, which I don't think runs anymore with trunk. Given it lacks
an active maintainer and I'm not aware of anyone using it, I think we should remove src/test/system.
                
> tidy up src/test/system/c++/runAs
> ---------------------------------
>
>                 Key: HADOOP-8450
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-8450
>             Project: Hadoop Common
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 2.0.0-alpha
>            Reporter: Colin Patrick McCabe
>            Priority: Trivial
>
> runAs is a binary in the hadoop-common project.  It seems to allow you to run a hadoop
daemon as another user.  However, it requires setuid privileges in order to do this.
> * Do we still need this binary?  Who is using it and are there better solutions out there?
 My understanding is that setuid binaries are something we generally try to avoid.
> * If we do need it, can we add some documentation about it somewhere?
> * Should this binary be in the src/test directory?  It doesn't seem to be testing anything.
> Hopefully that covers everything...

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