Change the user/group

Discussion in 'Install/Configuration' started by thbar, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. thbar

    thbar Active Member


    First I have to say I'm very happy with LSWS (I'm using it with LSAPI and Rails applications) - everything is working very well, adding SSL support was really straightforward etc. So, well, thanks!

    During one installation, I choosed nobody:nogroup as the user to run lsws (now I would choose a dedicated user lsws:lsws for that purpose).

    It seems that I need to reinstall LSWS to be able to change the user. Can I safely install again on top of an existing installation for that purpose ? Will it keep the existing configuration ?


  2. mistwang

    mistwang LiteSpeed Staff

    You need to backup lsws/conf directory and restore it after reinstallation.
  3. thbar

    thbar Active Member

    In conf/httpd_config.xml I've noticed:


    Obviously I guess I should update this file to match the new user.

    is it used purely for display purpose or is it used for something else ?
  4. mistwang

    mistwang LiteSpeed Staff

    Yeah, you need to update that. :)
  5. amaltemara

    amaltemara Active Member

    difficulty changing to run as lsws/lsws

    I'm having difficulty enabling litespeed to run as lsws/lsws as per the page: 'How to Secure User Accounts in Shared Hosting Environment':

    I tried to re-install, but it never asked me what user/group to run litespeed as, which contradicts the install documentation which says the installer will ask you this.

    I looked at the script, and noticed it automatically used the user of the install directory, so then I tried changing the install directory and files to the 'lsws/lsws' user/group, and tried the install again...
    This did not work, as when I got to the port, it would not let me choose '80', as you must run as 'root' to use that port.

    I also want to run SuExec mode as well, as the security page suggests..

    How can I get to this setup, running as lsws/lsws, and SuExec, with cPanel/WHM?

  6. mistwang

    mistwang LiteSpeed Staff

    If you want to reinstall, you should remove the whole lsws/ directory.
  7. amaltemara

    amaltemara Active Member

    thanks much, what about port 80?

    Thanks! I'll remember... but what about running on port 80?

    What I want to happen is for the spawned listeners to run as 'lsws/lsws', on port 80.
  8. mistwang

    mistwang LiteSpeed Staff

    Yes, you can install LSWS to use "lsws/lsws" as user/group, set HTTP port to 80, make sure other web server have been stopped.

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