Help setting up Unix group


I’m trying to create a group to allow 2 users to upload files to the same directory via FTP. I followed the directions for setting up a Unix group at up through step 7 - so far, so good. But when I try to do step 8 (“SSH to the server as your Shell user and then give the Unix group access to the directory”), I get back the error “[SERVER]$ not understood.” I tried several variations of this command, including replacing [server] with the actual server name, etc., but it doesn’t understand the command. I can generate a list of the commands it will recognize, and none of them look like what I need. I’m not a Unix person, just a web designer, so I apologize in advance for my ignorance. Maybe I’m not accessing the right place on the server? I’m using the SSH tool on my FTP software, while logged in as the main shell user. If you have any ideas about what I could do differently, or if you need additional info to diagnose it, please let me know. Thanks!


What type of hosting account? I suspect you’re on shared hosting, if that’s the case you won’t be able to do this.

Dedicated server or dreamcompute instance needed.

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“[server]$” is a placeholder for the server name that you are on, for example, if your servers name was bob the terminal would show [Bob]$, you would only need to enter in the text command that comes after the server name, chgrp -R contributor_group_test contributor_dir

“[server]$” also means that the command that you are running is to be run on the server that you are logged into.

Hope this helps!