Subject: Re: Exim allways runs as root
To: Andrew Doran <>
From: Rick Byers <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 06/17/2001 20:25:28
On Mon, 18 Jun 2001, Andrew Doran wrote:

> > The Exim documentation says that the EXIM_UID compile-time option should
> > be set to allow exim to change to a non-root user when it can.  I assumed
> > this was happening because the NetBSD packge MESSAGE file says to add a
> > "mail" user and set permissions on /var/log/exim.  However the EXIM_UID
> > value is left unet by patch-ab.
> EXIM_UID is the compile-time default for the exim_user option. The config
> should probably be patched to let everyone know about that.
> Set exim_user and exim_group, and you're laughing.

I saw that, but the docs say that its better to set EXIM_UID because
ownership of the run-time configuration file and usage of the -C and -D
options are allways checked against the compiled in EXIM_UID.  It's
probably not a problem though, so I'll try setting exim_user.

> > P.S. There were some bug-fixes to exim (v3.22) back in January.  Is there
> > anything I can do to help get the exim package updated from v3.20 to 3.22?
> It has been on my mind - I'm really busy/lathargic right now, but I'll try
> to get around to it.

Awesome, thanks!