This is my first time installing Drupal on CentOS. I know for Ubuntu it needs to be www-data as the /files folder owner, but what is it for CentOS?

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I faced with this issue before, it was because of SELinux on CentOS, So you should try to Disable SELinux on Centos

From the command line, you can edit the /etc/sysconfig/selinux file. This file is a symlink to /etc/selinux/config. The configuration file is self-explanatory. Changing the value of SELINUX or SELINUXTYPE changes the state of SELinux and the name of the policy to be used the next time the system boots.

[root@host2a ~]# cat /etc/sysconfig/selinux
# This file controls the state of SELinux on the system.
# SELINUX= can take one of these three values:
#       enforcing - SELinux security policy is enforced.
#       permissive - SELinux prints warnings instead of enforcing.
#       disabled - SELinux is fully disabled.
# SELINUXTYPE= type of policy in use. Possible values are:
#       targeted - Only targeted network daemons are protected.
#       strict - Full SELinux protection.

# SETLOCALDEFS= Check local definition changes

Change it from SELINUX=permissive to SELINUX=disabled

Once you have saved the changes sudo shutdown -r now to restart now.

Also you can disable it temporary ( until next restarting ) with

sudo setenforce 0

How to Disable SELinux

  • OMG, big thank you. I've been going around in circles for 2 hours.
    – No Sssweat
    Dec 19, 2016 at 12:35
  • For future readers: You still need apache as owner/group as per @yogesh answer
    – No Sssweat
    Dec 19, 2016 at 12:38
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    @NoSssweat you're welcome my friend, I remember I spend some hours to find this solution and now I transmit it to you. 😊😊. we are here to help each others.
    – Yuseferi
    Dec 19, 2016 at 12:40

In CentOS, Apache/HTTPD username is normally apache. During installation, apache user should have read-write access to sites/default directory.

After installation, apache user should have read-write access to the sites/default/files directory. Check Drupal Docs for more details on file permissions.

Note: If giving permissions doesn't help, make sure SELinux is disabled. Check @zhilevan's ans above.

  • I changed it to apache and even gave it 777 (for testing purposes) and still getting the same file system error.
    – No Sssweat
    Dec 19, 2016 at 11:37
  • Did you tried with 'Proceed with the installation' or just refreshed the page?
    – Yogesh
    Dec 19, 2016 at 11:43
  • If giving permissions to sites/default directory doesn't work, then try creating files directory and settings.php file inside it and giving these permissions. That should work
    – Yogesh
    Dec 19, 2016 at 11:44
  • I did that while the settings file error is now gone, the file system error is still showing up.
    – No Sssweat
    Dec 19, 2016 at 11:49
  • What is the error you're getting now?
    – Yogesh
    Dec 19, 2016 at 11:50

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