chown all files and folders/subfolder content www-data:www-data for /var/www/html ?

Posted May 22, 2018 5.6k views
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Hello, I need to manually upload a backup for my WP project under /var/www/html. My issue is that this gives all files root root permission.
I tried chown www-data:www-data /var/www/html
But that doesn’t seem to work.

So how do I do this?
Thanks for your help in advance!

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You need to run the command recursively, you can do that with the -R argument:

sudo chow -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html