[Twisted-Python] shedding root

Andrew Bennetts andrew-twisted at puzzling.org
Tue Apr 5 21:17:09 EDT 2005

On Tue, Apr 05, 2005 at 08:43:16PM -0400, Matt Feifarek wrote:
> I've seen how the plugins created by mktap can shed root and after
> binding to a port, and run as an unprivileged user...
> I'd like to do this in my twisted code, but my app isn't structured as
> a twisted "plugin". How can I manipulate the reactor (or whatever I
> need to tweak) to drop root after binding to say, port 80?

You can use twistd without using plugins.  See
In fact, mktap and plugins are almost never useful any more.

> I tried using standard python os.setuid() etc. but it just locked up
> the reactor.
> I looked in the API for useful material, but I was unsuccessful.

The place to look would be in twisted.application, but it's probably best to
use twistd -y, as described in the doc I linked.


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