[Distutils] real vs effective user id

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Mon Jun 11 19:57:38 CEST 2007

At 07:12 PM 6/11/2007 +0200, Jerome Alet wrote:
>Hi there,
>I've got an application which runs as root
>This application calls seteuid to execute part of its code as a lower
>priviledged user temporarily.
>after the seteuid call, the MySQLdb module is imported, which was installed
>with setuptools 0.6c6.
>then setuptools tries to play with root's .python-eggs directory instead
>of ~effective_user/.python-eggs/, because of the way os.path.expanduser()
>works (line 1039 in pkg_resource.py)

In these types of situations, it's best to set the PYTHON_EGG_CACHE 
path explicitly, either via the environment variable or code.

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