Why does Microsoft SQL Server on RHEL require root privileges?

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Issue

  • MSSQL on RHEL requires root privileges
  • Starting MSSQL in a container on RHEL fails with the following error

    /opt/mssql/bin/sqlservr: Error: Directory [/var/opt/system/] could not be created.  Errno [13]
    

Environment

  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

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