Fixing NextCloud on OpenBSD with a chroot

You might have noticed that if you run NextCloud on OpenBSD, with the chroot option enabled in php-fpm.ini, that the occ command and cronjob fail miserably. That can be fixed!

You might have stumbled upon the following error if you have tried to run the occ command or that the cronjob fails:

Your data directory is invalid
Ensure there is a file called ".ocdata" in the root of the data directory.

Cannot create "data" directory
This can usually be fixed by giving the webserver write access to the root directory. See

That is due to the chroot option in php-fpm.conf. Both the occ command and the cronjob use the cli interpreter, rather than fpm. Disabling that feels like giving a piece of your sanity to the devil. So, let's fix that! Fire up your favorite editor and open config/config.php in the NextCloud docroot. You specifically want to edit the datadirectory variable:

'datadirectory' => '/ncdata',

Change this one to:

'datadirectory' => ((php_sapi_name() == 'cli') ? '/var/www' : '') . '/ncdata',

...and it's fixed! Basically, that this does, is it prepends /var/www if a NextCloud function is called from the commandline.