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I have an issue with the use of /home as www folder. Actually I'm using userdir mod on ubuntu 14.04 and apache2.4 in order to have all my websites in home folder. Everything was working so far. But I made a mistake in my permissions and my www-data user write in the folder of my home, and he becomes owner of the written files. Which makes the true home folder owner incapable to delete it.

I tried (with root access) :

chmod -R 775 /home/administrateur/
chmod -R ug+rwx  /home/administrateur/
chown -R administrateur:administrateur /home/administrateur/
chgrp -R administrateur /home/administrateur/

With no success, the files which are written remains the property of www-data.

Thanks for helping

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  • Could you post namei -mo /home/administrateur and ls -l /home/administrateur commands output?
    – Lety
    Oct 24 '14 at 18:44
  • Ok @Letizia first of all, www-data is writing in a subfolder in /home/administrateur/www/subfolder For the returns : namei -mo /home/administrateur returns : drwxr-xr-x root root / drwxr-xr-x root root home drwxrwxr-x administrateur administrateur administrateur ls -l /home/administrateur returns : drwxrwxr-x 6 administrateur administrateur 4096 Oct 9 14:55 www
    – Neovea
    Oct 24 '14 at 20:53
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Try to add sudo before your commands, because if you don't have write access on your files, you can't change their attributes.

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  • I edited my post. I used the root account.
    – Neovea
    Oct 24 '14 at 17:20

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