I deployed my Django website on your web server. I am Facing permission errors while my python script is trying to read mp4 files.

April 30, 2019 148 views
Ubuntu 18.04 DigitalOcean

Why am I facing permission errors when my python script tries to load MP4 files after downloading them if necessary. Kindly suggest some remedy as soon as possible. I will be really grateful to you.

1 Answer


It is important that the files be readable by the user that is running the application. I can’t tell you exactly how to tell what that user is, but I can give you an idea how to find it. Let’s take the service “syslogd” on my server and find out what user it runs as:

 [root@gateway] ~ # ps faux | grep syslogd | head -1 | awk '{print $1}'

So in my case, syslogd is run by the user “syslog” on the system. If the syslogd service needed to access a file, the easiest method would be to set ownership of that file. Let’s say that file is “/var/www/html/video.mp4” for my example. I would run this:

chown syslog. /var/www/html/video.mp4

Hopefully that can help to apply the theory to your situation.


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