Hello Jay,
    That wasn't what i recommended you LOL :).
    Ok from the beginning PHP executes and writes files with
permissions (like userid and groupid) Webserver is running.
So what i think will be the best way for you to do. Is to create an
executable with the same owner. and then execute it. As for
/usr/local/bin directory it allows to write in it only to root or
superuser. I recommend you to create  a user like foo
then in his home directory create a subdirectory like web and chmod it
to 777. and use it as an output for the script. Got an idea?
Also you always can use /tmp directory :)

Wednesday, July 3, 2002, 6:49:08 PM, you wrote:

JB> OK, here is where I am (between handling other pre-holiday/long weekend
JB> processese here);

JB> I have the PHP script create a shell script containing the needed code for
JB> the cURL process. Of course the shell script will execute from the command
JB> line with me as 'root'. But the exec() that calls the shell script will not
JB> execute the script because of improper permissions. (Has to do with the
JB> permissions on the topmost directory for where the file lives, changing that
JB> could be dangerous from a security standpoint).

JB> So I have tried to change those (I am on a Linux box) via the PHP, no luck.
JB> It will let me chmod the shell script via the PHP script. So I tried to move
JB> the script to /usr/local/bin;

JB> rename("getlist.sh", "/usr/local/bin/getlist.sh"); Permission denied
JB> exec("mv getlist.sh /usr/local/bin/getlist.sh"); Permissiion denied
JB> exec("cp getlist.sh /usr/local/bin/getlist.sh"); Permissiion denied

JB> I am looking into posix_setuid() to change the permissions for the time
JB> needed, but I've a feeling, after a couple of tests, that this is not going
JB> to be the way to do this either.

JB> I wish permissions in Linux were more straigtforward. Anyone have an idea
JB> how to do this with opening the server wide? Thanks for all your help.

JB> Jay

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