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Re: [COMMITTERS] pgsql: Enable pg_ctl to give up admin privileges

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Stephen Frost <sfrost(at)snowman(dot)net>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [COMMITTERS] pgsql: Enable pg_ctl to give up admin privileges
Date: 2006-02-11 16:20:44
Message-ID: 200602111620.k1BGKio28587@candle.pha.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Tom Lane wrote:
> Stephen Frost <sfrost(at)snowman(dot)net> writes:
> > * Tom Lane (tgl(at)postgresql(dot)org) wrote:
> >> Enable pg_ctl to give up admin privileges when starting the server under
> >> Windows (if newer than NT4, else works same as before).
> 
> > I don't suppose we could consider doing this for Unix-based systems too?
> > I think it'd certainly be nice.  It's also how quite a few other Unix
> > daemons operate.
> 
> Why should we try to duplicate the functionality of "su"?  And we would
> have to largely duplicate it, not just change process UID.
> 
> I don't see the need for it anyway.  The only reason this patch went in
> at all is to compensate for the general level of ignorance of Windows
> users...

But other Unix daemons do it, so why not us?

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