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I'm having an issue that I can't seem to find an answer for, i've already scoured Google & SF and haven't found an answer, i've fixed this before by changing ownership, but i'm not sure how I did it in the past.

I am doing my WordPress development in a Kubuntu VM, where I have a LAMP setup (installed through tasksel for ease of installation). When I go to try to update/install any plugins (or presumably themes), it does the thing that it asks for the FTP credentials.

All of my production servers run NGINX, so this isn't a huge deal as I know how to set up an LEMP environment to run all of the WP functionality that I need.

I also changed ownership before of the /var/www directory to me (admin user), so I didn't have to type 'sudo' every time that I edited a file, as that is an unnecessary inconvenience.

I'm not completely sure how to fix this, and would REALLY appreciate everyone's help on this.

Thanks in advance

marked as duplicate by Michael Hampton, mdpc, Ward, John Gardeniers, Khaled Jan 13 '13 at 7:39

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  • If your production server runs nginx, perhaps you should run nginx on your development server as well. – Michael Hampton Jan 12 '13 at 21:54
  • It really makes no difference for WordPress's purposes, and it takes significantly longer to set up NGINX that the "tasksel" command. Which is why I use apache2 on my local environment, then I move to my NGINX QA environment. Also, I dont think anything there answers my qustion, I am fine with WP permissions, I think it has to do with groups and who apache is running as. – Zach Russell Jan 12 '13 at 21:56
  • I figured it out sudo chown www-data mysite – Zach Russell Jan 13 '13 at 0:11
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You'll need to give the Apache user access to the Wordpress install's directory so it can write to it.

sudo chown www-data (your site dir)

I had the same issue recently and this was the fix.

EDIT: Doh, you've answered your own question already :)

  • Yea, Thanks for your help though! I appreciate the answer (confirming I did it right) – Zach Russell Jan 13 '13 at 3:42

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