File protection mystery

Richard Laager rlaager at
Tue Jan 2 22:46:17 UTC 2018

On 01/02/2018 04:36 PM, Eric S. Raymond via devel wrote:
> Hal Murray via devel <devel at>:
>> Can anybody explain how this is "working"?
> If you read the droproot code, I think you will quickly achieve enlightenment.

Can you elaborate? In this case, from my understanding, Hal isn't
starting it as root, but as ntp (by way of setuid ntp).


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