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Tue 22 Mar 2011

Why our server apps are not in The Mac App Store

Category : Technology

I've been asked, why are our apps like MailServe and DNS Enabler not in the Mac App Store?

There's this small matter of rule 2.27 in Apple's Mac App Store Review Guidelines:

It says, "Apps that request escalation to root privileges or use setuid attributes will be rejected". And that's that.

In order to configure the mail, web, or DNS server, my apps need to be granted superuser status by the user. There's no other way around it. Or is there? But I can't quite think how. At least for the moment.

Of course, there are the other apps that should probably be OK with the Apple Thought Police. Luca, Liya, etc. But one thing at a time. There's always so much to do and so little time.

Posted at 5:43PM SGT | permalink


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