can I change group permissions from www-data to something else?

António P. P. Almeida appa at
Tue Sep 21 03:54:48 MSD 2010

On 20 Set 2010 23h59 WEST, nginx-forum at wrote:


Suggestion: create user accounts for each one you want to give access

Symlink the directories you want to give them access to under /var/www
to one sub-directory of their home directory.

Depending on the application that the users are running some
directories would have to be owned by www-data. For instance, in
Drupal, the files directory has to be 775 www-data.www-data or
something along these lines.

Of course if your use case doesn't consider files/directories created
by the application that each user is running then everything is much

Ex: users john and joan have can upload files to their personal sites.

/var/www/users/john/sites -> /home/john/sites
/var/www/users/joan/sites -> /home/joan/sites

--- appa

> hi
> I want to 
> [list]
> [*] securely
> [*] grant remote rw access
> [*] to __some__ web server data directories
> [/list]
> It looks like there is need to change group name from www_data to
> something else to accomplish that.
> Is that [b]ok for correct run of nginx[/b]?
> Or would you know of any secure way how to grant rw access to some
> users to only some web server data directories on Ubuntu? I do not
> want to give the use shell access.
> Thank you
> R.
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