www-data permissions on /var/www

thufir hawat.thufir at gmail.com
Mon Nov 12 01:06:28 UTC 2012

My /var/www directory permissions are:

drwxr-xr-x  2 root root     4096 Nov 11 15:34 www/

While running the install script for FUDForum, I get this message:

Directory "/var/www/" exists, but the installation script is unable to 
write to the directory. Please grant read/write permissions to the web-
server user (www-data/www-data)

The web-server user is www-data?  I tried changing permissions for the /
var/www folder to add group permissions with chmod g+w /var/www but was 

thufir at dur:~$ cat /etc/passwd | grep www
thufir at dur:~$ 

thufir at dur:~$ cat /etc/group | grep www
thufir at dur:~$ 

maybe www-data is in the wrong group?  Or, just go ahead and give 
everyone rw permissions to /var/www ?

I'm not well versed in apache.



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