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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] Running multiple instances under different user IDs
Date Tue, 10 Oct 2006 15:00:04 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jain, Abhay K, INFOT [] 
> Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 4:34 PM
> To:
> Subject: [users@httpd] Running multiple instances under 
> different user IDs
> We want to run multiple instances of apache on different ports
> under different user IDs. One running as "root" for administrative
> purposes and other running under different id for user applications.
> Is it possible and if so what needs to be done.
The question is a little under-determined; apache usually runs as root
(ie, the parent process). Then the parent spawns workers
(daemons/threads) that run as the user defined by the "User" directive.
It is these that handle the user requests..

So maybe that already answers your question.

Otherwise, see the User and Group directives in the docs and note also
that only root can bind to ports < 1024 so to run on port 80, you must
start as root. Otherwise, Listen to a higher port, eg 8080.

Owen Boyle
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