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From James Zuelow <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] sending email
Date Mon, 15 Jun 2009 16:55:26 GMT
When you logged in as www-data manually you started a login shell.  You can think of that shell
as a "pre shell" where all of www-data's dot files were read, environment variables were set,
etc. before starting up the command shell.

When apache is running, it is not "logged in" as www-data, so none of the dot files are read
and you needed to explicitly specify which dot files you want run.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lyle Wincentsen [] 
> Sent: Monday, 15 June, 2009 05:45
> To:

> Anyway, I thought I'd post the solution I found in case it 
> may be of help to someone else. I'm still not sure why the 
> config file was read when I was logged in as www-user but not 
> when apache is operating as that user.
> Thanks to those who responded to my question.
> -Lyle

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