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(Kind of) Linux newbie, and I'm at the point where I usually wreck my installation.
LAMP installed, vsftpd livened up, and accepting connections from my username.
Now, usually I find I can't FTP stuff in, and figure I don't have permission. So I 'chmod 777' my /var/www and everything FTPs in fine. But of course I can't view the website, so I 'chown -R' to root (I know this isn't a good idea, but in an internal environment it's generally got me going).
Anyway, this isn't working for me, and I know isn't good practice - so what am I supposed to be doing exactly?
do you use "su - toothsome" when switch user. BTW, changing permission of /var/www is not really recommended . you can set it to default back to 755 with uid and gid as root. recommended is to set the default home directory of your ftp after /var/www/html