I would like to have my Apache root the same directory as my google-drive-ocamlfuse mount for automated back-ups to my drive as I code. I have already changed the root dir, but I get a 403 permissions error. I'm not able to grant permissions to the mounted directory for Apache, though I tested others and they appear just fine.

Is there a way I can accomplish this? Moving away from GDrive is not an option due to G-Suite, so I need to make this work on eOS :)

  • What are the permissions for the mount? What user is apache running as? What have you tried so far?
    – sebasth
    Sep 9, 2017 at 16:41
  • @sebasth 775 (recursive) though 777 does nothing also. Root, I've tried changing the permissions and checking whether Apache root dir was configured correctly (it is, as /home/[user]/Downloads appears with the same perms). Other than that, I'm relatively new to Linux in general so not sure where to go next aha Sep 9, 2017 at 17:13
  • Have you verified those permissions are actually applied (using ls -l)? You might need to use a specific mount option if the files do not have sufficient permissions for apache to read them. Also check the permission of the parent directories (at least execute bit needs to be set for apache to access the contents within).
    – sebasth
    Sep 9, 2017 at 17:27
  • @sebasth Thank you! I didn't realize it could be mounted with arguments, the tutorial didn't mention that haha the following worked like a charm: sudo google-drive-ocamlfuse -o allow_other /home/[user]/Documents/Projects Sep 9, 2017 at 17:40
  • You should write your solution as an answer and mark it as accepted.
    – sebasth
    Sep 9, 2017 at 17:41

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Following advice from @sebasth, including the -o allow_other argument whilst mounting allowed Apache to view the contents of the dir.

sudo google-drive-ocamlfuse -o allow_other home/[user]/Documents/Projects

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