[torquedev] Proposed Patch

Joshua Bernstein jbernstein at penguincomputing.com
Tue Mar 16 12:17:20 MDT 2010

Garrick Staples wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 11:49:49AM -0700, David Beer alleged:
>> I realized that I didn't explain what this feature does - this feature allows a root user to submit a job as another user.
> The patch, on the whole, looks fine to me.  One niggle: this is outside of
> POSIX so perhaps the "not posix" ifdef shouldn't get this argument.
> But I don't see why this patch is useful. Root can just as easily su to the user
> first. If it checked admins or operators, it would be more useful.
> I think "proxy" might be the wrong name. "imposter" or "impersonator" would be
> more accurate. If it was a proxy, then the output would go the real user's
> homedir.
> This feature is almost useful for a CGI.

Interesting... David, could you explain the need for such a feature? Is it in 
fact for use with CGI?

-Joshua Bernstein
Penguin Computing

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