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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] config "apache" account
Date Wed, 08 Nov 2006 09:23:14 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tim Liu [] 
> Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 8:50 AM
> To:
> Subject: [users@httpd] config "apache" account
> Folks,
> am newie to apache linux . google and read apache docu but 
> don't find answer. thx in advance.
> What is "apache" account? After apache installation, i find 
> the following account:
> [] id apache 
> uid=48(apache) gid=48(apache) groups=1704(labtools),48(apache)
> Should i use it to lauch apache server? or use root account?

It depends on what port you want apache to listen to.

If it's the default port 80, then you have to start apache as root
because only root can open ports below 1024. Once the parent apache
process starts as root, it will spawn child processes running under the
user "apache" and those will serve the requests.

If you want to listen on a port > 1024 (eg, 8000), then you may start
apache as user "apache" (you don't have to - you can still start as
root). This is just a way to allow non-root users to run a webserver on
a high-end port...

BTW, check that the apache "User" drective is set to "apache".

Owen Boyle
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> thx
> Tim
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