Do i need to add user www-data explicitely

Posted May 1, 2018 1.7k views
UbuntuInitial Server Setup

Here’s a quickie… (hopefully)

I want to run cron jobs as, which I’ve already set up in crontabs (* * * * * www-data php path/to/command)

compgen -u shows no user named www-data. Do I need to set it up manually or is this handled automatically.

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www-data is an account that already get created on debian systems when you install apache. But this is a system account and you’ll have to make sure that it has a shell so that it can actually be used to execute commands on the shell.