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SubjectRe: [RFD] 'nice' attribute for executable files
On Wed, 30 Mar 2005, Wiktor wrote:

> my xmms problem is unimportant here, i've posted this thread to propose
> some new feature in filesystem, not to solve problem with multimedia player!

You don't need a solution if there is no problem.

> max renice ulimit is quite good idea, but it allows to change nice of
> *any* process user has permissions to.

In both of your examples (including the one below), the same thing

> it could be implemented also, but
> the idea of 'nice' file attribute is to allow *only* some process be
> run with lower nice. what's more, that nice would be *always* the same
> (at process startup)!
> example:
> web server runs as user www. it spawns perl interpreter that root wants
> to be run with lower nice, but he doesn't want to allow 'www' user to
> renice *any* process (for eg. this user is shared with webmaster, and
> webmaster is malicious person; i know, the webmaster could have another
> accout, but maybe for some file-ownership reasons, root doesn't want to
> create special account for him).

chown root.root /usr/local/cgi-bin/somescript
chmod 755 /usr/local/cgi-bin/somescript

alias somescript /usr/bin/nice -n -5 su wwwrun -- exec /usr/local/cgi-bin/

ask never
allow wwwrun prefix somescript

ln -s /usr/bin/su1 /srv/wwwroot/cgi-bin/somescript

If you need the same command for a group of users, you can use a wrapper
scritp that will look at the $HOME variable (which is set from

> in this situation, setting nice-attribute for /usr/bin/perl solves the
> problem.

perl -e'exec("/bin/sh");' would grant nice privileges to anybody, and
that's not nice!

> remember, that this feature would also provide an easy way to
> increase nice level.

Not for running processes.

> it can be done with shell script, but setting nice
> value in file attributes is cleaner and easier to manage.

Obviously not.
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