[distcc] mkdir /root/.distcc failed: Permission denied

Martin Pool mbp at sourcefrog.net
Tue Mar 21 10:52:40 GMT 2006

On 18 Mar 2006, Niki Kovacs <contact at kikinovak.net> wrote:

> Since programs like Qt can only be built as root, I run make as root... there, 

Is that really true?  It sounds strange.  For many projects you can do

   % make
   % sudo make install

so that only the installation is done as root.

> I get the following error message: 
> ERROR: mkdir /root/.distcc failed: Permission denied
> I figure this is because distccd runs as user nobody (I explicitly told it to 
> do so). 
> Q1: what user should distccd be run as ideally? I tried --user root, but he 
> didn't like it and exited.

Ideally you should create a specific account for distcc and run it as
that.  That user will need permission to write to the log file.
On many distributions something like 'adduser --system distccd' will do


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