----- Original Message -----
From: "Neal Becker" <ndbecker2(a)gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 4:10 PM
Subject: Re: Fetchmail WARNING: Running as root is discouraged....
Jim Bevier wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bob Hillegas" <bobhillegas(a)houston.rr.com>
> To: "For testers of Fedora Core development releases"
> Sent: Friday, June 08, 2007 8:12 PM
> Subject: Fetchmail WARNING: Running as root is discouraged....
> What I did was download the source (yumdownloader -source fetchmail) and
> modify the source to comment out the message. Then compile it and
> I then added an entry to cron as root and run it every 6 minutes. No
> message to log and it works fine. Not sure why they added the message
> sometime during FC5.
Why run as root?
I use this in /etc/rc.local:
su - nbecker -c 'fetchmail -d 60'
Running as root allows me to download about 12 different users e-mail from
my ISP, deliver it to the users, and run spamassassin with custom
configurations. Now if it was just one name, your suggestion would be
correct, and I would not have to run as root. The alternative would be to
have a crontab entry for each user, and let it work from there. One file
from root is much easier.
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