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fopen: failed to open stream: Permission denied on directory with 755

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http://serverfault.com – I am getting the error fopen(/var/www/photos/testphoto.jpg): failed to open stream: Permission denied when PHP is attempting to write a file to /var/www/photos, whose directory permissions are drwxrwsr-x 3 root www-pub 4096 Oct 11 01:46 photos I have already added apache2 user www-data to the group www-pub, why is it still unable to write files to the directory unless I chmod 777 /var/www/photos? Update As suggested by Laurentiu Roescu, I did a chmod 777 photos and let PHP write the file. Here's the output of ls -la -rw-r--r-- 1 www-data www-pub 34777 Oct 11 02:12 testphoto.jpg (HowTos)