I’m trying to copy files to the
/var/www folder on Ubuntu 10.04. But I think I don’t have the permissions.
How can I do this? Is there some specific permission I should set to this folder?
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You're missing the basics. Take a look here: http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/linux/RHL-9-Manual/getting-started-guide/s1-navigating-ownership.html
Now if you don't want to read everything: If you regularly need to edit files in /var/www, you should consider changing the owner/group and permissions on that directory.
If your username is 'user', try this:
sudo chown user /var/www
sudo chgrp user /var/www sudo chmod 775 /var/www
Now you can copy a file with:
cp file /var/www/
If you just want to copy 1 file without messing with permissions, use:
sudo cp file /var/www/