Disclaimer: I already asked this on StackOverflow but it's kind of urgent and I'm getting no responses and I figure ServerFault might be the better place to post this anyways. If I get an answer on here I'll delete the other one.

I'm following the guide here (admittedly it's a little dated) to deploy my first Symfony 4 project to production. It was going all good until I got to the file permissions. I did the steps specifically in Step 4 of the link :

sudo chown -R myuser:myuser /var/www/html
sudo chmod -R 750 /var/www/html
sudo setfacl -R -m u:www-data:rX /var/www/html/project
sudo setfacl -R -m u:www-data:rwX /var/www/html/project/var/cache /var/www/html/project/var/log
sudo setfacl -dR -m u:www-data:rwX /var/www/html/project/var/cache /var/www/html/project/var/log

That gives me

getfacl /var/www/html/project

# file: var/www/html/project/
# owner: myuser
# group: myuser


getfacl /var/www/html/project/var/cache

# file: var/www/html/project/var/cache
# owner: myuser
# group: myuser

However when I go to run the web app I get a blank page and the error log shows

[crit] 3116#3116: *12 stat() "/var/www/html/project/public/" failed (13: Permission denied)

So it seems the setfacl isn't working? What am I doing wrong here? Is there a better guide for permissions?

EDIT: I just read here that:

To use ACL, it's necessary to use filesystems which can use ACL function like ext2/ext3/ext4 or xfs and also necessary to enable ACL option on those filesystems.

My drive is encrypted (done during installation). Could that be why this isn't working? If this is the case, what alternatives would I have?

  • 1
    not sure why you did myuser:myuser on /var/www/html, however chmod o+x /var/www/html is required for the www-data user to traverse down it. – danblack Oct 22 at 2:32
  • Actually, I had JUST figured this out like 10 minutes before your comment and applied it. I tried the site again and got the same blank page so I thought it was the same issue, but now in the log I just saw it's getting a SSL protocol error instead - meaning it must be getting past the file permissions. Guess this was it :) Thanks a bunch! – Element Zero Oct 22 at 2:48
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Given the www-data user isn't a member of the myuser group, it requires +x permissions to descend through the /var/www/html directory. The existing permissions in the question are '750'. To change this:

chmod o+x /var/www/html

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