Running "artisan cache:clear" writes the cache files as root

We have a web application that runs Laravel. And whenever we run the “artisan cache:clear” command, it writes new cache files and folders owned by root.

We’ve changed ownership of the parents folders up to the /var/www folder but we still encounter the issue.

I’ve tried Googling the cause of the issue but I can’t find a definitive cause for this OR I’m using the wrong search queries.

Any assistance would be helpful. Thanks!

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Accepted Answer

What user is your app running as? I am going to answer this question as if you do not know much about Linux, so I apologize if I am saying anything you already know.

When you type ps aux in a cli, what User does it say the Laravel process is running as? My guess would be that the process is started as root which is why any directories that it is creating are also being given those permissions. Similar to how in IIS, whichever user an app pool is set to run as, will most likely be the owner/have permissions on a created directory.