Changing the Apache user.

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by Baggus, May 14, 2008.

  1. Baggus

    Baggus New Member


    I have a server running Ubuntu LTS 8.04 and i would like to change the user apache(+php) runs as.

    Basically, the below script should return "ftpuser".
    $cmd = "whoami";
    $output = shell_exec($cmd);
    echo "<pre>$output</pre>";
    And so far, i have been completely failing at doing this.

    I have tried altering the /etc/apache2/envvars but this doesnt change anything, even after rebooting server or restarting apache.

    <background info>
    I have to do this so i can delete files apache creates through php ShellExec from an FTP client. (and php needs to be able to delete files that where uploaded through ftp with ShellExec('rm '.$filename);
    </background info>

    Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
  2. topdog

    topdog Active Member

    Why dont you use the group feature instead and use sguid on the directory to ensure that the files created inherit the directories group.

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