I'd like to run wp-cli for a bunch of WP installs that live in separate cPanel accounts, all under a WHM with root. System is CentOS6. I'd rather not give the user accounts shell access.

Wp-cli recommends not running it as root. So I created a new user:

# useradd awpcli
# passwd awpcli
# usermod -a -G foouser,nobody awpcli

Adding the nobody group is needed because the user public_html directories look like:

drwxr-x---  7 foouser nobody        4096 Aug  8 10:02 ./
drwx--x--x 18 foouser foouser      4096 Dec 14  2016 ../
-rw-r--r--  1 foouser foouser      5458 Aug  8 10:01 wp-activate.php
drwxr-xr-x  9 foouser foouser      4096 Nov 16  2017 wp-admin/

With that done, I can use wp-cli commands that only read but not write. So no updating plugins.

# su - awpcli
$ wp plugin list --path=/home/foouser/public_html


$ wp plugin update jetpack --path=/home/foouser/public_html

Does not work.

Warning: Could not create directory.
| name    | old_version | new_version | status |
| jetpack | 6.4         | 6.4.2       | Error  |

I tried some ACL stuff but that didn't work either. And my awpcli user may be a bad idea because it gives WP running under wp-cli file read access to the other WP's. It does protect system files, unless they are group "nobody."

Maybe there is a way to leverage how cPanel allows SFTP without shell access??

I'll run a script to grant shell access temporarily if I can't find another solution.

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