Do i need to run my Ghost installation as root?

August 26, 2014 2.4k views

Hi! Do i need to run my Ghost installation as root? Can I change to another user with su privileges? And how would I go about permissions for /var/www/ to make it work and have write access (to upload themes, etc.)?
I tried changing the owner of /var/www/ to another user, then to root and group (root:group), but all I accomplished is SQL errors and the need to reinstall the droplet.

Any help welcome.

2 Answers

No, you can run Ghost as a different user. The DigitalOcean One-Click app sets up a dedicated ghost user for instance. It also sets the folder containing Ghost to be owned by that user chown -R ghost:ghost /var/www/ghost

Ok then, let me rephrase my question.
I would like to disable ssh access for root, but allow a new user which I will create read/write access to my ghost directory. Giving the access is the problem for me, as I don’t want to mess up permissions needed for ghost service to serve my website and interfere with user “ghost”.
Can you give me any clues on how to best approach this?

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