Re: installing as a non-privileged user

Eugene Crosser (
Sat, 19 Jul 1997 22:21:30 +0400 (MSD)

> >it sould be possible to run ifmail as a non-privileged user, after
> >some tweaking and defining paths carefully. But, you definitely
> >don't want it. Ifmail only makes sense if tightly coupled with the
> >system MTA and the news system.
> What do you mean for "non-privileged user"?
> I have never had to run ifmail with root permissions (first with sendmail
> and now with qmail) and the only setuid program is ifnews, because the
> send-ifmail script runs as uid news:
> -rwsr-xr-- 1 ifmail news 72648 May 4 18:50 ifmail*

Sure you do not need (and should not!) run ifmail as root, but you
cannot use full features of ifmail if you cannot configure your MTA
and newsfeeds to feed ifmail powered channels, and tell uugetty to
run ifcico on incoming fidonet calls. You need to be a sysadmin to
do all this.