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I am teaching a security class and I would like to show them how it is very stupid to run apache as root (that means I don't need to be preached to about how stupid it is; I agree with you) I'm having problems with setting the CFLAG when compiling to have apache stop holding my hand. Could you give me a step by step. Thanks.

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Does User root in the config not do the trick? Or omitting the User directive entirely. –  jordanm Jan 3 '13 at 6:39
@jordanm no apache needs to be recompiled to allow for root any other user would be allowed –  David Jan 3 '13 at 15:15
@David Are you installing from a source distribution or from the Ubuntu source? –  Karlson Jan 3 '13 at 15:28
@Karlson I was testing with the ubuntu source but I couldn't get that compiled and installed –  David Jan 3 '13 at 21:18

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