Is non-root build of rstudio server supported or at least possible in principle?


I am a user of several HPC. I would like to try using rstudio-server there. Unfortunately admins are not willing to install it for me, so I decided to try building one on my own.

I understand, that rstudio server run as non-root user will not be installed as a system service and it will have to listen to the high tcp port. But other than that I don’t see any fundamental problems.



I know this is much belated and I still don't have a whole lot to contribute. I have been intrigued by this idea, though. The other problem is that RStudio Server spawns processes for other users as other users (i.e. so that when I log into the server, I execute processes as cole). This is behavior that both requires root and is essential to the behavior of the server. I don't know what this would look like in a non-root install.