The PingDataMetrics server installer cannot be run as the root user, and generally the PingDataMetrics server (and PostgreSQL) should not be run as root.

As a non-root user, network port numbers below 1024 cannot be used.

In general, the account must do the following:

  • Listen on privileged network ports
  • Bypass restrictions on resource limits

For security, the account should be restricted from the following:

  • The ability to see processes owned by other users on the system.
  • The ability to create hard links to files owned by other users on the system.