open() throws permission error and I don't get why

Andy Theuninck gohanman at
Fri Oct 15 17:52:53 CEST 2010

I'm trying to write a script to read e-mail over stdin, extract
attachments, and distribute them around the file system based on the
incoming e-mail address.

Everything works until I actually try writing interesting file system locations.

I've established, through logging, that postfix runs my script with
UID nobody & GID nobody. The directory I'm attempting to write has
permissions 0770. The directory's group is not nobody, but the user
nobody is a member of the relevant group. Nevertheless, python throws
an IOError when I try to create a file there.

The issue seems to be isolated to python. I can run:
sudo -u nobody touch DIRECTORY_IN_QUESTION/test
and that creates a file.

Any ideas?

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