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Instead of changing the ownership of /var/www directory, I changed the ownership of /var directory recursively (couple of days back). Now owner of every directory in /var is www-data. All my sites are down and showing "Error establishing a database connection."

There are 12 directories in /var folder : backups, cache, lib, local, lock, log, mail, opt, run, spool, tmp, www

Now how I will rectify my mistake? I don't know which directory is owned by which user. Do I have to find about the owner of each folder one by one and change its permission settings or there is some other way to do it ?

(Operating system : Debian 7.8)

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    Restore from, or consult the backups you ought to have to determine the proper owners. – HopelessN00b Feb 5 '15 at 17:42
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    It is a waste of time doing anything but restoring. – Sirch Feb 5 '15 at 18:09
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Install fresh Debian on separate server. Check owners and set the same on your current server.

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    This doesn't help with the files installed manually by the user. – Tero Kilkanen Feb 5 '15 at 20:12

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