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by Rookie
I'm using Webinoly on Ubuntu 18.04 on a lightsail instance. I have www-data enabled and I can transfer files just fine using winscp. But why can't I use www-data in a terminal session? How can I enable terminal/shell access to www-data?

I end up using a different username to use shell (it's the same username that installed webinoly and also enabled www-data in webinoly).

I run into permissions issues with this setup. For example, I can't save files in nano in any of the htdocs directories. So I end up switching to root which is a dangerous crutch.

Composer also runs into permissions issues and I tried running it as root to get around the issues, and it gave me a big yellow warning not to run as root. So I bailed out since running as root is a bad habit.

Any good solutions for this? Alternatively how should I change permissions?
by Rookie

For now I am just using the chown command to get around the issue. 

1 Answer

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by Expert


  • Create a custom user for shell access with sudo privileges.
  • Root login should be disabled.
  • The www-data user is "jailed" to data folders (/var/www) and only for SFTP access, which is the preferred method to upload and modify your data files.
I don't feel comfortable giving so much access to www-data as you suggest. You should be very careful, it could result in a huge potential security hole.
by Rookie
Understood, and I think I found a suitable workaround
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