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Old 03-11-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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Is www-data some sort of generic user?

Where does the www-data user get created? It looks like PHP. I have several processed and files owned by www-data.
Old 03-11-2012, 12:23 PM   #2
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On many (not all) distributions, www-data is the user under which the Apache web server runs. This also means that everything done by Apache (especially including PHP scripts) will be done with the permissions of user www-data (and also group www-data) by default.

You can see the users for all processes using the ps command, e.g.

ps aux


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