Question

Owner and group in /var/www/html files and directories

Currently, one of the directories in the /var/www/html and index.php have the root as owner and group. And one of the directories has shin as owner and group.

The shin is in the sudo group.

The websites are working fine but I’d like to know if I should change all files and directories in the /var/www/html to owner:group to www-data.

I use a Git hook post-receive to deploy repo to the /var/www/html directory from the /home/shin directory.


Submit an answer

This textbox defaults to using Markdown to format your answer.

You can type !ref in this text area to quickly search our full set of tutorials, documentation & marketplace offerings and insert the link!

Sign In or Sign Up to Answer

These answers are provided by our Community. If you find them useful, show some love by clicking the heart. If you run into issues leave a comment, or add your own answer to help others.

Accepted Answer

Hi there,

What I usually do is to set the owner and the group to the www-data user only to the directories where my application needs to write to. For example this would be the images upload folder and the cache folder. This would depend on your specific application.

I believe that there would be no need to set the owner to www-data to all files and folders but only the ones that would be changed during runtime.

Hope that this helps!

Let me know if you have any questions. Regards, Bobby

Want to learn more? Join the DigitalOcean Community!

Join our DigitalOcean community of over a million developers for free! Get help and share knowledge in Q&A, subscribe to topics of interest, and get courses and tools that will help you grow as a developer and scale your project or business.