Originally Posted by docbop
Well according to the permissions you posted, drwxr_xr_x. only the directory owner has write permissions. You didn't show the part with name of owner or group. So have to assume you aren't the own. In typical install the starting permissions are usually set to root. So you need to check who has permissions as well as the permissions themselves.
Root owns of the www folder yes. I have learnt a little about the root account from here:
In Ubuntu root account is disabled to begin with. You have to enable it specifically to use it. Enabling root i generally not recommended because of security and stability of the system. It is instead recommended to use sudo command to get some of the
capabilities of root account.
It looks to me that enabling root is not the normal thing to do so what do you recommend me to do? Can I transfer ownership of
the map www, owned by root, from root to myself without self being root? Or do I have to enable root account for something as
simple as transferring a few files to the www folder? Can I use sftp to transfer the files?
I wonder one thing more: What type of account do I have when I log in with the user name and password that I installed with?
Obviously I am not root so what am? User with administrative rights?