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My admin says that for me to have the ability to move in new files myself I need to be root (for the web dir at least), but for security reasons, I can't be given root system wide. Anyone know how to make me god of the web dir and joe user everywhere else? Many thanks.
Another possibility is to create a special group that would be allowed access to modify those files and add your user account to that group.
Unfortunatly it might just be a "Short and Sweet" answer from the admin.
A simple solution that I use is create a group for webfile editing.
I assume (and yes I know that's risky ;) ) that you are using Apache.
Make the document root for the website owned by the new group. Also set the Group Sickybit and give the group write privileges.
Now create accounts for people that need to edit files. Add them to the group.
The Sticky bit ensures that newly created files will have the document root directories group rather than the users default group.
There are other ways some simply but I like this one :)