Unix - including Linux and Solaris - is a fairly secure OS. In the stock Linux distros, Apache runs as a special user - usually it's something like "apache".
So if you do an 'ls -l /var/www/index.html', you'll see who owns it and what rights are available.
For maximum security, it's best to either do editing either under the account of the apache user or as a member of the apache group (assuming that the pages are group-writable). If you open it up to everyone (chmod 777), then there's a chance that someday someone may come in and do Bad Things.
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Joined: Jan 24, 2006
thanks for the replies, the logging in under root will probably help. I didnt know the password, or know how to get/change it, but now I do.