Question

Permission denied whenever uploading files

  • Posted on October 9, 2014
  • keokiAsked by keoki

I am running the LEMP Stack on Ubuntu 14.04

I am always getting permission denied whenever my php file is trying to save or upload something. If I chmod the folder to 777 it works but I don’t want to change it to 777. I checked the owner of all the files in my application . It is root / root (owner / group ).

I have the exact same project on a different server with permissions set as 0755 and the owner as 501 / 500 and the application works flawlessly. But I don’t know that the 501 / 500 stands for.

Also I just checked the following for my application:

/usr/share/nginx/html/example1/app/webroot script owner : root script getmyuid : 0 script getmygid : 0

How come the script owner is root and I still get permission denied ?


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By default the nginx process runs as the user www-data. Changing the ownership of your files and directories inside your web root to this user will allow nginx to create new files and directories in this path.

chown -Rf www-data.www-data /usr/share/nginx/html/*
sudo chown -Rf www-data:www-data /var/www/html/*

This worked for me!

If you are running apache on Ubuntu 14.04 you want to invoke it as such

sudo chown -Rf www-data:www-data </var/www/html/*