File Permissions

asked 2014-10-08 01:58:50 -0500

updated 2014-10-08 02:08:20 -0500

I do some webdev stuff and I got tired of the usual /var/www/html path. So I decided to make a symbolic link in my ~ directory (it's called ~/Programming/www-workspace). I added my user to the apache group and changed the ownership of /var/www/html to myusername:apache (using chmod -R). This was somewhat successful in that I can now navigate through those folders as my normal user, I can create files etc.

What is not working though, is the fact that when I put a new file into that folder structure it has my user and group by default. So ls produces something like:

-rw-r-----. 1 myusername myusername  50937 Oct  8 08:18 Chart.min.js

Which means that apache can't access them so I run chmod and chown and get something like this:

-rwxr-xr-x. 1 myusername apache      50937 Oct  8 08:22 Chart.min.js

But apache still can't access it. The only solution that I have come to is to cat Chart.min.js > tmp then rm Chart.min.js then mv tmp Chart.min.js and chmod (although I don't think that's necessary).

It seems stupid that this last attempt should work but chown and chmod don't.

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Did you check the selinux context? Did you check /var/log/audit.log for any selinux denials? Try setting selinux in persmissive mode and then see what you get.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2014-10-08 02:56:00 -0500 )edit

A simpler way to develop is to set up public_html for each user and use that. It's a bad idea to modify permissions of system directories.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2014-10-08 02:57:14 -0500 )edit

Thanks, now I get the concept of public_html directories. Would you mind working that into an answer that I can accept?

jcuenod gravatar imagejcuenod ( 2014-10-08 08:30:09 -0500 )edit