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I've an issue with files ownerships.

I have a drupal website and the "files" folder needs to be owned by "www-data" in order to let the users to upload files with php.

However I'm now using svn and I need all folders and files to be own by "svnuser" in order to work.

So now, I guess I need to add both users to a group with proper permissions. I'm not sure what exactly to do, could you tell me what are the exact necessary steps?


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There is also a group called www-data. The files you have in your webroot should all belong to that group and have write-right for the group. Assuming your webroot is /var/www you can do this by executing (as root or by using sudo)

chgrp -R www-data /var/www
chmod -R g+rwX /var/www
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It seems that the changing the grp is not the solution. It depends on the owner. If the owner is www-data than I cannot commit such files, if the owner is svnuser than I cannot upload files into the folders with php. – Patrick Jan 4 '11 at 18:45
Should I maybe create a group and add both users ? Is this the best solution ? – Patrick Jan 4 '11 at 18:45
The user www-data is automatically a member of the group www-data. You could add the svnuser to that group as well. But if the group has write-permission on the directory (and its subdirectories) the www-data user should be able to upload files to that directory. – Carsten Thiel Jan 4 '11 at 19:04
I've added svnuser to www-data and the www-data group has all permissions over files, but still it gives me an error. The svnuser is actually my Ubuntu username, so probably svn doesn't use the group instead. – Patrick Jan 5 '11 at 8:17
I've also tried to change owner to svn-data, but then the webserver cannot upload files. This is strange, because the files still are under www-data group which has all permissions (775) – Patrick Jan 5 '11 at 8:26

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