Basically we need a way to make sure that we respect limits for an arbitrary user, such as apache2, without dropping privs from root.
what are you talking about exactly ? s-s-d ? please provide some real details.
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> what are you talking about exactly ? s-s-d ? please provide some real
I spoke with Diego on irc about this, and yes, he is talking about s-s-d. We need a way for s-s-d to respect the limits of a user but not drop privs. Theis is his blog post on the issue. 
i'm not going to dig through an external site to figure out what a reporter is trying to say. simply summarize the details in the bug just like we've always required of posters.
I see that the code in start-stop-daemon has changed since this bug was
open. Particularly we don't refer to the user "nobody" any longer.
Is this bug still an issue?