All Directory Permissions are Unwritable

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All Directory Permissions are Unwritable

Postby LadyDarkStar » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:38 am

I installed Joomla 2.5.4 on my computer and each time I try to install something I get the message "Warning: Failed to move file!" Then I found out that all directory permissions are set to unwritable and I need to change that to writable.

I have been looking all day for a way to do that, but everything I found says to change the FTP settings and the server settings (or something like that). My question is, how am I supposed to do that? I also can't figure out where the 777 permission that everyone is talking about is.

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Re: All Directory Permissions are Unwritable

Postby RobertW » Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:44 am

First thing I would try is installing Akeeba Admin Tools. There is a feature built in to that extension that will check and fix permissions for you automatically if possible.

It sounds like you're not super familiar with directory permissions, and that's a pretty important thing to get right. Badly set permissions can be a huge security hole in your site, so be very careful.

Setting permissions to 777 means anyone can do anything basically. When things are working well in a Joomla installation, directories should be set to 755 and files to 644, in general. This determines who has access and what they can do.

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Re: All Directory Permissions are Unwritable

Postby mandville » Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:57 am

[ ] Run the Forum Post Assistant / FPA Instructions available here and are also included in the download package.

[ ] Review and action Security Checklist checklist 7 to make sure you've gone through all of the steps.

[ ] Use proper permissions on files and directories. They should never be 777, but ideal is 644 and 755
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