I have installed Ubuntu-based Mint Mate 17.2 distro. I have configured to my taste. Everything is working fine.

I have also installed Apache, PHP and MySQL individually using sudo apt-get install. It is also working very well.

I have set my /var/www/html folder writable. Now whenever I create any folder and php files in /html folder I can easily browse from Firefox.

But whenever I try to copy my PHP projects from Windows 8.1/XAMPP/public_html folder to /var/www/html they become invisible to web.

I can see my folder and files in file manager, but can't see them through Web browser. Please help me how do I set my privileges. I also find the same problem whenever I try to upload project to cpanel on my hosting server. I am not new to Linux, but am also not an expert too.

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After you copy the folder you should set permissions as follow:

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/your_copied_folder
chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/your_copied_folder
  • chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/your_copied_folder worked perfect for me. Thanks
    – Badar
    Oct 23, 2015 at 14:16

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