The init script in upstream is old school and I did not even look at it.
Cleaning it up now.

** Changed in: netrek-server
   Importance: Undecided => Low
     Assignee: (unassigned) => Bob Tanner (tanner)
       Status: New => In Progress

server runs as root unecessarily
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Status in Netrek Server: In Progress

Bug description:
The server runs as root, but it does not need to.

To run as non-root, the packaging should create a username to operate within, and chmod /var/lib/netrek-server-vanilla, and the init.d script should use the created username.  A username of netrek is suggested.