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I just installed LAMP on my debian 6 vps. How can I find out as which user the web user is running? The reason I ask this question is because however I chmod my files I can always browse to it via my browser.

Thanks very much

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ps waux | egrep "httpd|apache" 

should tell you the user (which will probably be www-data).

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so there a a few processes running one as root and the others as www-data. Can that be? – sanders Mar 15 '13 at 7:42
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Yes. That would be correct and normal. The one owned by "root" is the process that starts the other processes, and presumably increases and decreases the number of simultaneous web requests = processes. The user who is running the web process - for all intents and purposes - is www-data (which is the same I see on my ubuntu webserver, Ubuntu being a variant of Debian.) – davidgo Mar 15 '13 at 7:56

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