How do you reset the file permissions for /var/www ?

Posted March 10, 2014 5.9k views
I stuffed up the file permissions for /var/www and now the web server and SFTP can't see them. How do I reset the permissions with chown and chmod?

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As root, or someone with root privileges. Go to var then enter 'chown -R user:user www'. If you want root to be able to access www enter 'chown -R root:root www'. This will make sure that root has access to the files.

Enter 'chmod -R 777 /var/www' to change the permissions of the files.
Thanks Alex. Root already had access to the files. Changing the permissions to 777 did the trick.

I’ve found this page via google.
NEVER SET 777 RIGHTS TO /var/www
It’s unsafe and your site will be hacked.
Follow this guide, for example, solution is in the end of page. Or look here