Enable WordPress Automatic Update

Are you seeing that nasty FTP page when trying to do an Automatic Update from within WordPress? I create new blogs frequently enough that this is a constant pain, but rare enough that I never remember how to do it.

Updating WordPress tells you how to identify the correct user:

If you do not know which user runs the httpd the output of ps auxw | grep -E 'http|apache|www'

And thanks to Greg in the comments over at Linode’s Manage Web Content with WordPress page for the succinct description:

To make wordpress updates and plugin installs function properly, you need to set the entire public directory structure to www-data ownership, like so:

chown -R www-data:www-data ..../yoursite.com/wordpress

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