Change apache default user
Posted on Saturday May 04, 2013 by Eric Potvin
It is a pain to always sudo to change permissions on a folder your script or web page created? If yes, then here's a quick solution for you. With apache, you can (very) easily fix this issue and set the current user (whoami). This will basically change the
www-data to the one you prefer.
First, you need to edit the
sudo vi /etc/apache2/envvars
and change the
APACHE_RUN_USER and APACHE_RUN_GROUP to your user.
export APACHE_RUN_USER=MyUserName export APACHE_RUN_GROUP=MyUserName
Now, restart apache:
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
If you get an error like this:
* Restarting web server apache2 ... waiting /var/lock/apache2 already exists but is not a directory owned byuser. Please fix manually. Aborting.
Don't panic, and change the permission to the apache locks and restart apache:
sudo chown -R myuser:myuser /var/lock/apache2/ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
Now you will see:
* Restarting web server apache2 [ OK ]