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I am having a go at setting up my own Apache and can't seem to get my head around the permissions.

Lets say I grab a file from somewhere off the web and it has permission of 600.

I then upload this file via ftp to a user directory, which is also an apache virtual site, and so this file retains this permission of 600. This means that the user can read this file, but Apache can't: it will be forbidden.

What is the most simple solution so that apache can read + write whatever files end up in the users directory? Can apache be granted some sort of root power over files in a directory?

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You can use ACL to give apache the permissions to the whole subtree or use ACL for everything (ftp users and apache) :). I would use ACL for everything as I think it is easier and better to keep everything working in the same direction.

ACL guide on CentOS

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You could consider mod_userdir.

If you have a directory inside the user home directory called 'public_html'

chgrp apache /home/username/public_html
chmod 750 /home/username/public_html
chmod g+s /home/username/public_html

then this will mean new files created in that directory will be automatically readable by the apache group.

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Short answer: chmod to 660 will allow the Group apache and the mentioned user is in to write to the files - you might have to add the ftp user to the apache Group.

Long recommeneded answer: - if your ftpd supports it, you can set chmod permissions via ftp.

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Wouldn't that mean I'd need to chmod every time I upload the files? I know how I can manually chmod the files to change their permissions, but I'm looking for a way that means apache will be considered to have the same permission as the user. – willdanceforfun Nov 7 '12 at 12:36
of course you can change the ftpds umask or upload username - or apaches. – mojo Nov 7 '12 at 12:38

you could take a look at using "inotifywait". This lets you watch for changes in a directory and files. this website contains a script that simply outputs the files changed. You could update it to do whatever you want, for example to chmod the files to your wishes!

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