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Old 06-05-2005, 08:41 AM   #1
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Samba and Apache Permission question

Hi, I have just installed Ubuntu and installed apache/mysql/php and samba. currently in order to add/edit/remove files/pages in /var/www for my site I have to be root. Could someone tell me the correct way to alter the permissions of this directory so I can do all this with say "user1". and currently I can access this machine from windows with said "user1" and view that users home directory. Could you also tell me the correct way to add /var/www for that user so I can edit these files from my windows boxes. Thanks!

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You should add a virtual host and change the ServerRoot of that Virtual Host to a more appropriate folder where the user would have access. This is typically somewhere like /home/user/public_html, rember tha the public_html directory must be globally readable.

To do this, you have to change your configuration file (/etc/apache/httpd.con). For example, on my debian system I add this:
<VirtualHost my-ip:80>
DocumentRoot /address/to folder/
Please note that you need to enable the Virtual Host module. And also, given the IP for the Virtual Server.
LoadModule vhost_alias_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/

NameVirtualHost my-ip:80

Last edited by saman007uk; 06-05-2005 at 11:11 AM.
Old 06-05-2005, 11:11 AM   #3
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chown -R user1 /var/www

And of course do not forget to read the man pages for chown and chmod
Old 06-05-2005, 11:11 PM   #4
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Thank you both, I will check out both those possiblities and see which is best for me. im in no rush on doing it cause I can edit just fine now with root locally on the pc just trying to get access on windows so i can use Ultra Edit. Thanks again!

Old 06-08-2005, 06:00 AM   #5
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just in case anyone else may be wondering, all I ended up having to do was in the smb.conf file add:

path = /var/www
comment = web files
writable = yes
admin users = user1

and then reloaded samba and it worked fine. no need to mess with any of the permissions. Thanks!


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