[Mongrel] Mongrel as Windows service with normal privileges

Ingmar Stieger ml at stiegerhs.de
Wed Jun 4 12:37:43 EDT 2008


I am trying to run Mongrel 1.1.5 with mongrel_service 0.3.4 on Ruby 
1.8.6 with a "normal" user account, i.e. a user which belongs only to 
the Windows group "Users". The rationale behind this is that running a 
web server with full administrative rights (e.g. Local System) is not 
something that I would like to do.

Unfortunately, starting the service from the services control panel 
results in the following error message: "The service did not respond to 
the start or control request in a timely fashion" (the error comes up 
very quickly, maybe 1 second max).

This happens only if the user the service is configured to run as does 
not belong to the "Administrators" group, otherwise it works fine.

I have read a couple of threads about this subject, so this is what I 
have already tried:

(With psexec -l cmd.exe:)
1. mongrel_rails start -e development -a 127.0.0.1 -p 3000
    ===> WORKS
2. mongrel_service console single -e development -a 127.0.0.1 -p 3000
    ===> WORKS

(Interactively logged in as the service user:)
3. mongrel_rails start -e development -a 127.0.0.1 -p 3000
    ===> WORKS
4. mongrel_service console single -e development -a 127.0.0.1 -p 3000
    ===> WORKS

5. Running the service with service user in Administrator group
    ===> WORKS

6. Running the service with service user only in Users (or Power Users) 
group
    ===> DOES NOT WORK

I had to change a couple of NTFS security settings in order to get it 
run with normal privileges. Now the only thing that still does not work 
is #6.  Unfortunately, no log files are being generated, especially 
ServiceFB.log is nowhere to be found. The server is Windows Server 2003 
Standard, by the way.

Could anybody please enlighten me how I could further analyze this 
problem ? I followed the advise here in the list as far as I could, but 
now I am at a loss.

Thanks in advance,
Ingmar


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