[SATLUG] WordPress / Apache problem on Ubuntu

Samuel Leon satlug at net153.net
Tue Jan 18 17:14:43 CST 2011

On 01/18/2011 12:33 PM, Eric Haugen wrote:
> I think we are having a permissions issue on one of our test
> webservers.  In order for WordPress to function correctly Apache needs
> to have recursive ownership of /var/www/ (or whatever directory for a
> virtual host).  It seems to be working fine except for when our
> outside developer needs to get in and make adjustments to the theme.
> At that time he claims he is "locked out".  After the phone call I
> then have to go in and recursively change the permissions to his
> username for the duration of his session.
> Is there a way I can modify the permissions so our developer can get
> in when they need to, while at the same time have our person who is
> transferring content from the old site be able to make changes through
> the WordPress interface?
> Thanks in advance,
> Eric Haugen

As others have touched on, you can try creating a new group and then add 
you devs and apache user to that group. Then everyone in that group 
would be able to read and write files that are in the same group.

Something like:

***create new group
groupadd web_devs

***Add user to group
usermod -a -G web_devs username

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