On my local system I started to run Apache under the same user account as my login account. The reason is to avoid permission issues during development. Often I use a CMS. After installing plugins or updating the system, these files belong to the Apache user. This can cause permission conflicts, if combined with a version control system. Running Apache as my normal user solves that problem for me.
Changing the Apache user is relatively easy. Just update the user in the configuration. I run openSUSE and Apache runs here as
wwwrun. So your Apache user and configuration file may be different depending on your OS or distribution.
User yourusername Group www
You have to change the owner of PHP's temporary files folder. Again the location may differ for you.
sudo chown -R yourusername.www /var/lib/php5
Also, you can delete the Apache user, because it is not needed any more.
sudo userdel wwwrun
Unfortunately, openSUSE changes the owner back to the default Apache user after an update. I couldn't find the location where this happens. So I turned to systemd to always set the correct user.
[Unit] Description=The Apache Webserver Wants=network.target nss-lookup.target After=network.target nss-lookup.target Beforefirstname.lastname@example.org [Service] Type=notify PrivateTmp=true EnvironmentFile=/etc/sysconfig/apache2 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/start_apache2 -D SYSTEMD -DFOREGROUND -k start ExecReload=/usr/sbin/start_apache2 -D SYSTEMD -DFOREGROUND -k graceful ExecStop=/usr/sbin/start_apache2 -D SYSTEMD -DFOREGROUND -k graceful-stop ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/chown -R yourusername.www /var/lib/php5 [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target
Restart Apache to load the new configuration
sudo systemctl daemon-reload sudo systemctl restart apache2
To see if there were no errors, check the status:
sudo systemctl status apache2
On some systems you have to use
systemctl restart apache2.service or
service apache2 restart