One thing I like to be able to do is edit text files directly from the Web via a PHP file editor. This is done with a tool such as Nexus' Quickedit (http://scripts.escee.com/qe/?76).
Right now, whenever I try to save a file, I get these errors:
Warning: fopen("./versions.txt", "w") - Permission denied in /home/mydir/script.php on line 525
Warning: Supplied argument is not a valid File-Handle resource in /home/mydir/script.php on line 526
Warning: Supplied argument is not a valid File-Handle resource in /home/mydir/script.php on line 527
The only way around this is to chmod my files to 777. This means that anyone with a dreamhost account on my server can edit them, and that's no good.
Any suggestions? A description of how I solved this issue on my own server is included below. Thanks a LOT!
Previously, when I ran my own server, I think the way I got this to work was by giving the script the authority to edit files by editing /etc/group and adding the user "apache" (under which apache ran) to the group that owned my files (group name: tom). I then chmod'ed the file to 664. So, in other words:
file: index.html, owner: tom, group: tom, perm: 664
server uid: apache, apache group membership: tom
UID "apache" belonged to group "tom," and with the perms at 664, the PHP script was able to save changes to files.