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Thread: Why Wowza must be installed under root user?

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    Default Why Wowza must be installed under root user?

    Hi guys.

    Do you have any idea about why Wowza must be installed under root user?

    Ok, lets assume that root access is mandatory for some reasons, then I have another question:
    Does it make sense to allow ordinary users start/stop Wowza server?

    Just curious.
    Thank you in advance.

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    Take a look at the User Guide chapter "Run Server as Named User" for alternative

    Richard

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    Hi.

    User Guide chapter "Run Server as Named User" describe running of wowza server via non root user, but
    how can I install wowza server via non root user to some user dir(user.home, for example)?

    Regards,
    Alexey.

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    Alex,

    On Windows you can change the install location during install. On Linux you should be able to move it, or at least symlink to other locations.

    Richard

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    I can move it in case of it's already installed. But is it possible to install wowza via non root user(Linux OS)?

    I try to install wowza via non root user and I got this error:
    ./WowzaMediaServer-3.0.3.tar.bin: line 826: /usr/local/WowzaMediaServer-3.0.3.tar.gz: Permission denied
    rm: cannot remove `/usr/local/WowzaMediaServer': Permission denied
    ln: creating symbolic link `/usr/local/WowzaMediaServer/WowzaMediaServer-3.0.3' to `/usr/local/WowzaMediaServer-3.0.3': Permission denied
    gzip: ../WowzaMediaServer-3.0.3.tar.gz: No such file or directory
    tar: ../WowzaMediaServer-3.0.3.tar: Cannot open: No such file or directory
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
    cp: cannot remove `/etc/init.d/WowzaMediaServer': Permission denied
    cp: cannot remove `/usr/bin/WowzaMediaServerd': Permission denied

    Install Location:
    /usr/local/WowzaMediaServer

    To enter license key:
    cd /usr/local/WowzaMediaServer/bin
    ./startup.sh


    Alexey.

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    Hi
    /usr/local/ is a root owned location.
    So install as root then change the owner of that location to the user you want it to run as.

    Jason

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