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The chown command is used on Unix-like systems to change the owner of a file.

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is it safe to chmod 775/664 with owner www-data:www-data?

To make working with my webserver easiest I am proposing doing something like the following: sudo chown www-data:www-data /var/www -R cd /var/www sudo find . -type f -exec chmod 664 {} \; sudo find . ...
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Setup Directory Permissions For Multiple Users To Read/Write

I am trying to figure out how to setup the permissions on a directory (/apps) so both the root user, and another user justin can read, and write into the directory. The user justin is part of the ...
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mysql.sock issue, chown mess and file permissions in LAMPP

I've made a mess on my server. I'm using LAMPP and I've created a new user apache:apache and assigned him to take care of the Apache. phpMyAdmin did not work due to that change so I had to chown the ...
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Pre/Post deploy script to change file ownership?

We are running CentOS 5.6 on a dedicated server. I am planning on deploying our Magento store changes using BeanstalkApp (www.beanstalkapp.com) which offers pre and post deploy hooks. My username for ...
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Change group owner of file, but not the owner

I want to make sure all directories and sub directories are of the group hgdata, but I do not want to change owner's (they are many different owners). The command chown -R will do the recursive ...
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Cannot login to Solaris due to chown on /usr directory

Someone ran "chown -R username /usr" and now I have no way of logging into the box to change it back. SSH has been disabled, X Server won't start so I have no graphical GUI, and the console login ...
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Cannot login to Solaris due to chown on /usr directory

Someone ran "chown -R username /usr" and now I have no way of logging into the box to change it back. SSH has been disabled, X Server won't start so I have no graphical GUI, and the console login ...
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User in group with r/w access does not actually get the read/write anything

I added my user to the www-data group. I chmodded a certain directory to 774 (-R, recursively) so only the owner and the group can change something. Yet my user can't even access it. What am I ...
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chown to a user I can sudo to

One of our users who has sudo privileges to multiple non-root users (role accounts for use with particular projects) would like to be able to change ownership of files among those users: e.g., if ...
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OSX chown problems after creating users with dscl

Alright, so I've made a user and a group using dscl as follows: dscl . -create /Users/deadline dscl . -create /Groups/deadline dscl . -append /Groups/deadline GroupMembership deadline Now I'm trying ...
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www-data ownership makes the WordPress installation consume more memory

I have a WordPress installation. When the ownership of the folder is root, the memory consumed is okay. However, when I change the ownership to the www-data user, it starts consuming a lot of memory ...
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Lighttpd 403 Errors on HTML and PHP pages

I installed lighttpd on CentOS 5.5 64-bit. Everything seems fine and running except I cannot get past 403 errors on both HTML and PHP pages. I have used CHMOD and CHOWN, changed ownership in the ...
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Detect if Solaris has chown restricted

I am trying to chown a file, and I am getting a Not ownermessage bash-3.00$ uname -a SunOS host001 5.10 Generic_138888-03 sun4u sparc SUNW,SPARC-Enterprise bash-3.00$ id uid=60010(user1) gid=910(web) ...
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Only allow a user to CHMOD and CHOWN in their home directory or a specified directory

I have a Windows user on my network who has Samba access to our linux development server. Occasionally permissions or ownership will become confused for reasons unknown and he will no longer be able ...
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Unix Group Permissions

I have created a directory and chown to have permissions master:webmaster and chmod the folder to 775 hence group writeable. So why is it i bert as a member of webmaster cant mv the directory or ...
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chmod of 400,000 files inside multiple subdirectories?

Howdy... I'm looking to chmod 777 a whole bunch of files. Alternatively, since it's more secure, I could also settle for a chown www:www of these files to make them web accessible. Now, since I have ...
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How to use set-user-ID bit on directories?

I want all files in directory /home/alex/foo to be owned by alex, no matter who creates them. I'm trying this technique, but it doesn't work (on CentOS 5, under root): $ cd /home/alex $ mkdir foo $ ...
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root directory permissions changed to 777 by mistake whats now? [duplicate]

By Mistake on Ubuntu 9.04 my colleague has changed the permissions to 777 on root directory (/) whats the best way to recover the permissions ?
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What is the purpose of executable file access rights in Linux?

I never understood this, because if you have access to read a file, doesn't that mean you would be able to copy it somewhere else, thus allowing you to execute it anyway? What am I missing?
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Used recursive chown on the root directory

Im gonna need some help restoring my ssh settings as i screwed everything up by calling this command: chown -R user / At the moment im not able to access the site through ssh/ftp since the ownership ...
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bulk swap uidNumber/gidNumber?

We currently have LDAP servers in Dev env. and staging/prod env. Both are not coupled and accounts are created manually. So the uids are same but the uidNumber and gidNumber are different across these ...
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What happens when a chown occurs on a file being written to?

Background: I have a cron job which chown's the directories of new users. More often than not, these users are already uploading files to the server before the job occurs. So will files successfully ...
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How can I reset the permissions of /bin /boot /etc and /dev to orignal owner, Ubuntu?

I accidentally changed the ownership of the /bin, /boot, /etc and /dev recursively to nobody:nogroup using chown when I misplaced a forward slash! How can I resort the original file ownerships? I've ...
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Apache security for multi-user development web server

I've been searching and reading through documents all morning and understand that I need to use some combination of chown and probably 'jailing' to securely give programmers access to directories on ...
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directory owner problem

I have a uploader using applet and jsp,so after it is uploaded the owner is tomcat so it is not accessible by php i mean apache. its throughs error.i changed chown in php and directly in shell access. ...
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Joe's sad PHP permission problem (LAMP) [closed]

As many PHP servers as are out there you would think that there would more guides on this topic. Joe begins as the happy owner of a new ubuntu PC. Joe likes Ubuntu in his coffee. Joe wants to build ...
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what chmod and owner:group settings are best for a web application?

we are configuring a PHP web application on CentOS and have all our files currently in /var/www/html/project/ Apache is configured to run as apache:apache and has access to the directory above. Right ...
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when should I use “apache:apache” or “nobody:nobody” on my web server files?

Background: I remember at my old place of employment how the web server admin would always make me change the httpd-accessible file upload directories so that they were owned by apache:apache or ...
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Can't modify or chown files on readynas nfs share

I have a readynas with nfs sharing. I have a bunch of files that I can't write to on the share. They're owned by nobody:nogroup and if I try to chown them I get chown: changing ownership of `...
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OpenSolaris user permissions and problems

I'm trying to achieve the following in OpenSolaris to setup permissions on the ZFS volumes (shared using CIFS). There are some users who should belong to the sysusers group, they have access to ...