I just tried to install (and then start) Apache2 HTTPD, but was greeted with the error:

apache2: bad group name 'www-data'

I quickly checked my /etc/group, and there is no www-data group. I always assumed it exists on Debian by default (or, at least, is created when I install an HTTPD).

So, why does it not exist? If I remember correctly, it usually exists on Debian by default. I guess I could just create it, but I'm wondering if there's a certain intention behind this.

  • Sorry, Oliver I don't think this is a real question - I think this is a bug in the Apache install scripts. Jul 8, 2012 at 16:58
  • Though how to get Apache installed and running with the www-data group would make a good question. Especially since one of the YouTube videos suggest running it as Pi. Jul 8, 2012 at 17:49
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    @BryanDunsmore: The question is why it was removed even though official Debian packages obviously depend on it? Jul 8, 2012 at 20:24
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    @OliverSalzburg Yes, but we are not here to debate design decisions of an operating system. We are here to answer real questions. Which is why I VTC as not constructive.
    – user46
    Jul 8, 2012 at 20:25
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    Seems unlikely they would make this omission unintentionally...
    – Jivings
    Jul 8, 2012 at 21:41


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