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Bug 77703 - Fixed MM semaphore file path prohibits starting up unprivileged apache instances
Summary: Fixed MM semaphore file path prohibits starting up unprivileged apache instances
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 37233
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: apache
Version: 7.3
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Joe Orton
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-11-12 14:13 UTC by Francesco Chemolli
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:48 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2006-02-21 18:50:08 UTC

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Description Francesco Chemolli 2002-11-12 14:13:24 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.1b) Gecko/20020721

Description of problem:
The EAPI MM apache extension, applied as a patch to the pristine Apache HTTP
server sources, contains a fixed path for the semaphore file, pointing to
/var/run/$pid. If the file cannot be opened, apache refuses to start up.
This fact prohibits starting up a system-installed apache from an unprivileged

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Fire up apache (with an alternative ServerRoot) as any non-root account.

Actual Results:  Apache doesn't start, complains: 

Ouch! ap_mm_create(1048576, "/var/run/") failed
Error: MM: mm:core: failed to open semaphore file (Permission denied): OS: No
such file or directory

Expected Results:  Apache should have started up.

Additional info:

At least two different strategies should be performed:

- using some configuration directive or environment variable to override the
compile-time default.
- in case the semaphore file cannot be opened, do not die, but simply do not use
the mm-provied features. This _is_ possible, as demonstrated by the fact that
Apache doesn't contain those features in the first place.

Comment 1 Joe Orton 2003-01-16 17:31:06 UTC
*** Bug 80923 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 2 Joe Orton 2003-01-16 17:35:51 UTC
The good fix for this is to make EAPI_MM_CORE_PATH server-root relative; e.g.
add a symlink /etc/httpd/run -> /var/run and use EAPI_MM_CORE_PATH="run/".

Comment 3 Joe Orton 2004-09-21 10:25:49 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 37233 ***

Comment 4 Red Hat Bugzilla 2006-02-21 18:50:08 UTC
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.

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