There are 2 users


Both users belong to the updaters group as well as other groups.

New directories and files are created in the /updates/ directory.

drwxrwsr-x 8 sftp updaters 4096 Feb 27 16:12 updates

The /updates directory has the sticky bit set to the updaters group.

chmod g+s /updates

In this scenario, sftp can create new directories and files using SFTP. However, when apache tries to create new directories and files, permission is declined.

How can I make it so both users (in the group updaters) can create new directories and files?

  • Why would there be a downvote? Could you at least add a comment before just downvoting? Doesn't give any opportunity to learn why this question would be downvoted.
    – csi
    Feb 28, 2013 at 16:51

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The permissions on the updates directory are not quite right for what you are looking to do. In order for the apache user to be able to write new files to the updates directory, they need the write permission. In this case, as apache is a member of the updaters group, just use chmod g+w /updates to allow any user from the updaters group to create new directories and files.

If you'd like the subdirectories to default to the same group assigned to /path/to/updates, (rather than the primary group-id of the folder's creator), use chmod g+s as explained here.

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    Thanks. Updated the /updates directory permissions for group write. New directories created by apache user have apache:updaters ownership. How can I apply this to subdirectories as subdirectories are owned by apache:apache (which is apache's primary group)
    – csi
    Mar 1, 2013 at 1:24

Use command newgrp to switch to apache's supplementary group updaters.

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