Access denied on /var/www ubuntu server

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I'm new to Ubuntu. I needed to setup a LAMP server to do some PHP testing on. Installation went smooth, no problems. So first issue I have, if I use filezilla or Cyberduck to copy files to the /var/www folder I get access denied. I'm using the user id and password I setup during the installation steps, but still no luck. What am I doing wrong. I am able to go in as root on the command line to edit the index.html file. I changed it to index.php with no problem. I used dreamweaver to setup a FTP site and I'm able to see all the directory structure. I am unable to save a file to that folder from dreamweaver. Newbie needs some help. Please keep it simple.....
rraymond1130Asked:
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Dave BaldwinConnect With a Mentor Fixer of ProblemsCommented:
this directory
Which directory?

If it is '/var/www', you can change the permissions.  Note that this would Never be done on a publicly accessible web server because it allow anyone to write to that directory.  Open a terminal window and type these commands.
cd /var
sudo chmod 777 www
cd www
sudo chmod 777 *
exit

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This will allow you to write to that directory and all the files that you copy there will be under your user.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
That directory belongs to 'root' and Ubuntu is set up to force you to use 'sudo' to act as 'root'.  You will have to 'sudo' to root to do anything with the files there.  The user id and password should get you access to your own folders in '/home'.  You could FTP to a folder there and then use 'sudo' to copy them from there to '/var/www'.
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rraymond1130Author Commented:
OK,

I was able to copy my php file to my home folder, but I'm unable to open it from there. Now does the PHP files have to be in a certain folder in order to be displayed. This is my first Linux server so I'm a little raw at this.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Yes, PHP files must be in a folder that is part of the web root or web server directories.  PHP must also be installed on the server.  I don't know if it is automatically included unless you did the LAMP install.  See here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ApacheMySQLPHP
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rraymond1130Author Commented:
I did the LAMP install myself. There has to be a way to give my user permission to write to this directory to make my php files work?
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rraymond1130Author Commented:
This is a private server not web-facing. Thanks that worked...
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rraymond1130Author Commented:
I thought I closed this question
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Well you have now.  Thanks for the points.
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