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Old 04-06-2004, 11:26 AM   #1
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Question Perm issue and Apache

RH 8 setup w/Apache. Can't ftp files (put) into /var/www/html (docroot). Can however get a dir list.

Also, from the console only root can actually create files in that dir. Anyone else who tries gets "E212: can't open file for writing". This appears to be a permissions issue. Who should own /var/www and/or /var/www/html, and the files therein?

Any help is greatly appreciated!
Old 04-13-2004, 08:38 AM   #2
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The default httpd.conf sets the user and group of the process running apache as nobody:nobody. Probably nobody is denied ftp access and is unlikely to have a password. It's what root defaults to when accessing NFS mounted directories.

I have changed User and Group lines in my httpd.conf to
User apache
Group apache

and as root ran
chown -R apache:apache /var/www

If you give apache a password you can ftp in as apache. Since on FC1 /var/www is apache's home directory that is where you will be when you make your ftp connection. And the files you put there will belong to apache.

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