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I have created a group 'programmer' which must have full rights to folder /var/www/. how can i give these permissions to this group and later on i will add users to it.

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You can do that by using chmod. Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

chmod g+rwx <directory_name>

For more information on the use of chmod see chmod Man Page

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sudo chown -R :programmer /var/www/
sudo chmod g+rwx /var/www/
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