I have just installed ownCloud. I chose the data directory (default: /var/www/cloud/data/) to be on a network share on my windows server.

This share is located at


I mounted this share by adding this line to fstab:

// /home/christophe/SeagateDrive cifs user=administrator,password=pwd 0 0

But now I get an error from ownCloud saying that the user does not have write permissions to this directory so I did the following:

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /home/christophe/SeagateDrive/OwncloudData

But this doesn't fix the problem. Everytime I navigate to the directory and do

ls -ld

the only user showing up is root.

Is there a way to fix this?


To give write permissions you should use the following command:

chmod 777 /home/christophe/SeagateDrive/OwncloudData/


chmod go+rwx /home/christophe/SeagateDrive/OwncloudData/

Changing the owner is not a good ideea in this case. You can be the ownner of a file, but you may not have read/write access to that file.

  • Shouldn't I specify that I want to give write access to www-data? This still gives me root only when I "ls -ld" and ownCloud still complains about not being able to write to the directory. – Christophe De Troyer Aug 22 '13 at 13:58
  • @ChristopheDeTroyer You don't have to do nothing else. See my new edits. – Radu Rădeanu Aug 22 '13 at 14:15
  • I understand your comment, but executing those two command (or any of the two) does not solve my problem. I tried each of both and restarted apache2 but apache2 still has no write access. – Christophe De Troyer Aug 22 '13 at 14:19
  • @ChristopheDeTroyer Sorry, I was thinking to a file. Is a directory in fact so you should use chmod 777. I edited my answer. – Radu Rădeanu Aug 22 '13 at 14:24

I have solved this by now.

The solution was to edit the fstab file.

In there I had to give the extra parameters:


This gave the group www-data write permissions.

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