>   File "/opt/Zope-2.10/lib/python/Zope2/Startup/__init__.py", line
> 234, in dropPrivileges
>     return dropPrivileges(self.cfg)
>   File "/opt/Zope-2.10/lib/python/Zope2/Startup/__init__.py", line
> 403, in dropPrivileges
>     raise ZConfig.ConfigurationError(msg)
> ZConfig.ConfigurationError: A user was not specified to setuid to; fix
> this to start as root (change the effective-user directive in zope.conf)
> /** END **/
You have answer above. To run as root you have
to change effective-user at zope.conf file

> When everything was ok in the past I was able to run zope through
> ./zopectl start (as a root)
> but now the stop command displays that  the daemon manager is not open.
Strange that it worked. In general I think you shouldn't
run zope as root.

Maciej Wisniowski
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