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I want to be able to rwx (read, write, execute) files in my docroot (/var/www) with my normal user account 'alanp'. The Apache server itself should normally only be allowed to r-x (read & execute) these files.
First, I issued a 'chown -R alanp:apache /var/www'. I am now the owner of the files and directories, and apache is the group.
I then issued a 'chmod -R 750 /var/www'. The permissions on the files are now -rwxr-x---. This means 'alanp' has +rwx and the apache group has +rx permissions.
This works great. My next problem arises however because I have a directory that allows the apache group write access for a php script that creates some flat-file logs. The permissions for this 'logs' directory are drwxrwx---. Apache is running as apache:apache, so that's how it's files get created, which means my normal user 'alanp' cannot access these files.
The only solution I can think of is to run apache as alanp:apache. Is this a suitable solution or is there anything better I could do?