Server Migration Ownership problems

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by PaulMc, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. PaulMc

    PaulMc New Member

    Firstly I would like to thank the developers for a great bit of kit.

    I have been using it for several years and always found the answers I needed on these forums up until now.

    My latest migration from CentOS 6 to CentOS 7 has hit a problem I have not seen before.

    All is well except the ownership of the /var/www/clients/client1/web folders and files has changed on some but not all of the vhosts.

    For example /var/www/clients/client1/web5 is now owned by Group/Owner web17 client1

    This has happened on maybe 10 of 120 websites.

    How can I change the ownership back to what it should be. I have checked the database and the ID's are correct there.

    I copied the websites over by:

    tar -pczf www.backup.gz www/

    and unpacked them using:

    tar xvfz www.backup.gz

    which has worked many times in the past.

    Any help in showing me how to change the ownership back would be greatly appreciated.

    I can ftp into the websites but it will not show and files. When I ssh I can see all the files but they show the ownerships are wrong.

    Thank you.

  2. florian030

    florian030 ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

    Did you also copy /etc/passwd and /etc/group? At least the ispconfig-parts?
  3. PaulMc

    PaulMc New Member

    Hi, thanks for your reply.

    Normally I would Download files :


    then upload them again.

    But that did not work this time, I can't remember what happened.

    But you are correct ISPConfig has jumbled the order when I resync'd :


    So my next question is, do I need to copy all websites manually or can I simply tar them and resync now I have sorted out my etc/group file ?


  4. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    you can rsync the whole /var/www folder in one step when passwd and group files are corrected.
  5. PaulMc

    PaulMc New Member

    Hi Till thanks for your input.

    We have movement in the right direction, I can now connect through ftp and see the files. All ownerships are correct. :)

    Unfortunately I can no longer view any of the websites in a browser after the resync.

    What do I need to change ?


  6. PaulMc

    PaulMc New Member

    Hi guys,

    Scrap that, it took 20 minutes but the websites are working again.

    Much appreciated for all your help.


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