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From moixa <>
Subject Apache 2.0.36 restart as non-root
Date Tue, 07 May 2002 11:41:11 GMT
Hi everybody,

I want to rotate my logs as non-root user (as fcron does not allow any
cron job running as root, which I prefer too) from a script.

After moving the access_log (or error_log) I have to send httpd the
graceful restart "kill -SIGUSR1 $HTTPD_PID".
Unfortunately this doesn't work (Operation not permitted) as non-root
user, because the parent process of httpd is running as root (which is
the right thing?!).

I'm running apache 2.0.36 on my LFS (

Everything else works fine. The server is started on boot-up time
using an rc.d script and after that running as user httpd with gid
httpd (except for the parent process which is running as root)

Is there a way to do that? Any ideas?

Tobias Sager

As a remark: before v2.0 I used apache v1.3 and moved the log without
giving httpd a signal. Everything worked fine then...

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