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I was trying to setup jetty on port 80 but its giving exception saying permission denied as below. I have setup jetty to work with setuid and configured start.ini as follows:


(below as first configuration file in start.ini)


and jetty-setuid.xml file with username and group name of non root user.

2012-07-03 15:29:02.411:INFO:oejdp.ScanningAppProvider:Deployment monitor /opt/jetty-hightide-8.1.3.v20120416/contexts at interval 1
2012-07-03 15:29:02.454:WARN:oejuc.AbstractLifeCycle:FAILED SelectChannelConnector@ Permission denied Permission denied
        at Method)
        at org.eclipse.jetty.server.AbstractConnector.doStart(
        at org.eclipse.jetty.server.nio.SelectChannelConnector.doStart(
        at org.eclipse.jetty.util.component.AbstractLifeCycle.start(
        at org.eclipse.jetty.server.Server.doStart(
        at org.eclipse.jetty.util.component.AbstractLifeCycle.start(
        at org.eclipse.jetty.xml.XmlConfiguration$
        at Method)
        at org.eclipse.jetty.xml.XmlConfiguration.main(
2012-07-03 15:29:02.455:WARN:oejuc.AbstractLifeCycle:FAILED org.eclipse.jetty.server.Server@66da9ea4: Permission denied Permission denied
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Ports below 1024 can only be bound to by the superuser. You can run jetty as superuser (root), or configure it to use a port above 1024 (say, 8080, this is usually done for Java-based app servers). If you want this to be accessible through port 80 at all costs, you can set an Apache server to forward (or "reverse-proxy") requests to Jetty. This is clearly documented here:

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Leave Apache for Tomcat people, go for Nginx and those simple lines

server {
    listen 80;
    server_name localhost;
    access_log /var/log/nginx/example.log;

    location / {
        proxy_redirect off;

        proxy_set_header Host $host;
        proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
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