Running rc.d programs under a different user

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at
Sat Feb 6 22:58:25 PST 2010

Charles Solar wrote:
> LFS is working great, and I can safely say I know much more about linux then
> I did before going through the book, so thanks to all those who contributed.
> I am wrapping up my fileserver built from LFS SVN 2010-01-09 and I am trying
> to find a way to run a daemon process as a different user.
> In the book we only used the apps config file to specify a different user,
> ex, svn, proftpd.  But I want to run Deluge under a different user and it
> does not have a config option for this.  So I am wondering if there is some
> way I am 'supposed' to setup the init script to do this.  I am trying to
> avoid installing any more unnecessary programs like daemon and
> start-stop-daemon so any advice is appreciated.
> Basically I want to mimic the provided example init scripts from here
> This is what I am using at the moment
> #!/bin/sh
> # Deluge daemon startup
> . /etc/sysconfig/rc
> . $rc_functions
> case "$1" in
>         start)
>                 boot_mesg "Starting deluged service..."
>                 loadproc -p /var/run/ /usr/sbin/deluged -c
> /etc/deluge/ -p 58840 -l /var/log/deluged.log
>                 RETVAL=$?
>                 if [ $RETVAL -eq 0 ] ; then
>                         boot_mesg "Starting deluge web ui..."
>                         loadproc -p /var/run/
> /usr/sbin/deluge-web -f -c /etc/deluge/ -l /var/log/webluged.log
>                 fi
>                 ;;

Can you do this manually?  I'm not familiar with deluged, but first see 
if you can run with something like:

su - deluged
/usr/sbin/deluged -c /etc/deluge/ -p 58840 -l /var/log/deluged.log
/usr/sbin/deluge-web -f -c /etc/deluge/ -l /var/log/webluged.log

Get that working first and then think about the boot script.

   -- Bruce

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