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CentOS / Linux Chown / Ownership Troubles

burnsj2 asked
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
I have a user, ftpuser, in a group ftpgroup.  I am running apache. A user uploads some files through the website.  I have apache create a directory in /home/ftpuser and then the files copy there.  This part works.  Now this newly created directory, say, "newdir" is owned by apache.  I want apache to chown /home/ftpuser/newdir to ftpuser:ftpgroup so the ftp users can access the files.  

When I try to do this:
sudo -u apache chown ftpuser:ftpgroup /home/ftpuser/newdir

I get "chown: changing ownership of `/home/ftpuser/newdir': Operation not permitted".

Also, for apache to create the "newdir" directory at all, /home/ftpuser has to have 777 permissions.  Obviously there has to be some way to do this without going to 777.

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