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Old 06-07-2006, 07:51 AM   #1
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php move_uploaded_file() not working in /var/www/html

I have some php code that takes an uploaded file (on my local system) and is supposed to move it to another directory. The default temp directory that files are uploaded to (which is fine by me) is /tmp.

I have changed the webroot (/var/www) to be owned by the group 'webmasters'. I'm wondering if this is why PHP cannot move temp files from /tmp to /var/www/html/images...

When I use move_uploaded_file to just rename it and move the image to /tmp (under another name) then everything is fine. This is why I wonder if it is a user-level issue. I'm rather new to linux and cannot find under which user php is running. Do I need to add this user to the webmasters group? When I try to get an error a null string is returned....

Old 06-07-2006, 10:25 AM   #2
Wim Sturkenboom
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Apache runs as user nobody who is member of group nobody. Apache needs to be able to traverse all directories, so every directory needs execute permissions for 'others'.
In the final directory, it needs write permissions as well.

My document root is /server/www/htdocs/btd/web. The following shows the permissions as I've set them up.
drwxr-xr-x   4 root root          72 2006-04-19 15:58 server/
drwxr-xr-x   5 root root         120 2001-02-26 03:59 www/
drwxrwxrwx   4 root root        1424 2006-05-22 07:42 htdocs/
drwxr-xr-x   4 wim  develop       96 2006-03-09 04:18 btd/
drwxr-xr-x   3 wim  develop      192 2006-05-23 16:14 web/
drwxr-xr-x   3 wim  develop      760 2006-05-22 09:38 btd_docs/
drwxrwxr--   3 librarian nobody  152 2006-05-15 13:07 documents/
There are two 'sub-sites' under it, one being btd_docs. This one contains a directory documents where apache places uploaded files.

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