in reply to Script not setting ownership of new directory

In addition to using numeric IDs (as pc88mxer suggests), you will need to make sure the user your Web app is running as is in the sftp group. The list of groups is stored in the $( variable, and this will print all of the groups you are in so you can check:
print join( " ",$( );

Also, using -1 for the first argument, to avoid changing the owner and only change the group, may be simpler.

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Re^2: Script not setting ownship of new directory
by bradcathey (Prior) on Jul 29, 2008 at 12:56 UTC

    Thanks sgifford, pc88mxer, et al! I changed the user id to -1 and went with numeric equivalent for the group and it worked as advertised. And hopefully without anything that would jeopardize the system as graff warned against.

    chown -1, 1003, 'foobar' or die;

    Again, the Monastery comes through.

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