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Write method for automod is FTP and connection is successful. I think the FTP client might not have write permission to /var/www. How can I fix that? I'm using Ubuntu Server 12.04 with vsftpd.

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  • In general it is a bad idea to directly edit files in /var/www/. Better: make a separate upload for ftp and use a cron script to copy files over so you can automate a backup procedure.
    – Rinzwind
    May 15, 2015 at 12:28

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You could change the ownership of /var/www to be the same owner that your FTP client uses.

For example if your FTP client runs as 'nobody' then use this command:

sudo chown nobody:nobody /var/www

Be aware that this will allow your FTP client to do anything to any of the files in /var/www and subdirectories. This might be a security risk. After the install is completed, you could always switch the ownership back to the root user again with:

sudo chown root:root /var/www
  • Thanks, you probably gave me the perfect answer to my question but I'm getting the same error so it might be something else.
    – 01BTC10
    Aug 19, 2013 at 13:27
  • I'm a beginner with the command line, when you say the FTP client runs as 'nobody', what do you mean? How does FTP interface with users in Ubuntu? How do you find out what user the FTP client uses? Do you mean the FTP login credentials?
    – www139
    Dec 12, 2016 at 5:19

Changing ownership of /var/www from apache to nobody, is not a good idea ;) Maybe try instead usermod -d /var/www -m ftpuser and go from there?

  • I'm a bit unclear as to where you got the information that ownership of /var/www was changed from apache to nobody. Could you edit this answer to rectify that? Thank you.
    – Elder Geek
    May 15, 2015 at 14:23

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