My guess would be writable to the user under which the httpd server or application runs.
Okay, IF a document says "change permission to server writable" on a LAMP system, what would be that directory's permission? Ownership?
TIA ..Code:drwxr-xr-x 4 1025 1011 4096 2006-05-17 01:07 plugins drwxr-xr-x 15 1025 1011 4096 2006-05-29 17:08 themes drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 2006-08-09 19:57 uploads compunuts@sienna64:/var/www/wp-content$
Well, Apache starts with root and spawn child processes to www-data. Would changing ownership to www-data would do it? I'd hate to do 777 on a web server.
those instructions sound vague. My RH web server spawns apache owned httpd processes, and my Deb is the same as yours. The only time I change the dir permissions is if an application needs write. Is there an application in the stack that runs as its own user?
Well, wordpress needs that directory to be able to allow uploads of files. My apache runs as www-data on my Ubuntu box.