Need to CHange the OWNer of a file or directory?
chown [new owner] [file or directory]
If, for example, I wanted to change the owner of
/var/www/vhosts/my_website/tmp to “root” I’d run this:
chown root /var/www/vhosts/my_website/tmp
If you want to apply the ownership change recursively — that is, to all subdirectories and/or files within — add the
chown -R root /var/www/vhosts/my_website/tmp
If you get an
Operation not permitted error, you don’t have sufficient permissions to
chown that particular resource. Take a moment and make sure you are actually doing what you think you’re doing.
Go ahead — I’ll wait.
Assuming you are, run the command again with
sudo to grant yourself the necessary permissions:
sudo chown -R root /var/www/vhosts/my_website/tmp