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Re: POSIXLY_CORRECT and install scripts

On Fri, 3 Jan 2003 04:25, Michael Stone wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 02, 2003 at 09:51:09PM -0500, Greg Stark wrote:
> >Hm, it was more subtle than I realized. It's used in some /etc/init.d
> > scripts and those are often called from maintainer scripts. An example is
> > postgresql
> I'd argue that most of those should really use start-stop-daemon rather
> than su.

I agree.

su is at best unnecessary, it does not offer anything that start-stop-daemon 
can't do.  At worst it causes problems.

su always wants to access /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow, in SE Linux the startup 
scripts are not allowed access to /etc/shadow and thus su fails.

Also while we're at it, postinst scripts should not directly start a daemon 
they should always call the script in /etc/init.d so that if the 
administrator has changed the daemon startup process then those changes will 
be respected at upgrade time.

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