I had an ersatz build server running on my website, hosted by Network Solutions. Recently, I lost permissions to run make via PHP, presumably because of some silent server move or configuration change. I have had problems with NS in the past, so this gives me another excuse to switch hosts. Before I do that, though, can I expect other hosts to give me the luxury of running system commands like make?

  • I apologize for the single-tag lameness. There are a few others that might be applicable (like permissions), but I don't have enough rep here. – Maxpm Jan 30 '12 at 23:52
  • Wouldn't it be better to ask if specific hosts(that you're presumably considering) allowed this, rather than if arbitrary unknown ones might? – Su' Jan 31 '12 at 2:24

Any decent/competent web host should allow you access to make as there are no reasons not to and it's a pretty commonly needed utility.

Letting users compile their own custom build of PHP or install apps in their home directory poses no additional security risks to a properly configured server, and without access to basic utilities like make, there's not much point to having SSH access.

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