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Need assistance running PHP EXEC as local user on Ubuntu

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I know there are a number of ways to do this, but looking for something very simple to do.

I need to launch the following vlc script via PHP & EXEC, as a local user. I currently can run it as www-data, but I need to launch it with a user that has a home directory.

vlc -I dummy dvb:// :dvb-adapter=0 --sout '#standard{access=http,mux=ogg,dst=10.10.1.83:8181}'
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That requires 'suEXEC' except that I think that only works when you are using 'per user' sites in 'public_html'.  That places the files you want to run in a web directory in that user's home directory.  More info here: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/suexec.html
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I spotted this in my research. From what I see, I would need to recompile Apache for this. Is that correct? if so, i would rather find a different option.
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I don't believe there is another option.  Apache runs under a very limited user on purpose.  suEXEC is the way to change that.
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I implemented Suexec-common on Ubuntu and achieved the results I was looking for. No need to recompile, just configure and activate.

Thanks
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You're welcome, glad to help, and thanks for the points.
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