I have a shared hosting account. I've been playing with a socket server (http://www.oregano-server.org/) to make multiuser flash apps.
Just for curiousity, I uploaded the server script and started it using the shell (the server is a java socket server). It seemed it worked, no restrictions, no errors.
However, I emailed the sales team before this idea ocurred to me, and they replied that shared hosting accounts aren't allowed to have any type of servers.
Is this true? I mean, technically, this script run, there was no restrictions in permissions. So, technically, it's possible. So, my guess is that, dreamhost don't allow and they enforced it in the users policy, but not by security of the shell???
So, the shell is just limited to move, copy delete files, but that kind of use (although permitted by the shell) is not allowed by dreamhost? I want to be sure