confusion in DO article about nginx

  • Posted November 26, 2013

I have a question about something in this tutorial about Nginx virtual hosts

In step 2, it says

“You can replace the “www” below with the appropriate username.”

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/

This instruction is very unclear because there’s three ‘www’ in that one command. I know the www in the path should not be replaced by my name, but what about the other two www. do i replace both? do I replace data as well? If my username’s ‘Michael’ what should that command look like?

sudo chown -R Michael /var/www/


sudo chown -R michael-data:www-data /var/www/


sudo chown -R michael-data:michael-data /var/www/

or ??


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It should be michael:michael – I’ve updated the article. Thanks :]