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Simple permissions question.

I want the www user to have read write access to a subfolder in my home folder. Obviously, I want to be able to use it too!

I know I can execute:

sudo chown -R www:www /Users/myusername/subfolder

But I fear that that will mean that www owns it, rather than me. How do I make this work?

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Change the group ownership and not the user.

sudo chown -R :www instead of sudo chown -R www:www. Note that the colon stays.

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chgrp -R www also works for changing group, and has simpler syntax. – Avada Kedavra Sep 23 '10 at 21:05

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