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  • Hi,

    I have wordpress installed on a few servers. Some hosts I can just click to install plugins, updates, and themes. For example my cpanel server running php as suphp it works great. However on my basic lamp setup on ubuntu running php under DSO option it asks for FTP information for any updates/installs. Any insight into what settings are needed for the instant install options ie) not needing to enter ftp info. I suspect permissions since that is the big difference but even when I set everything 777 on the DSO/Ubuntu server it still asks for FTP info.. Been looking for a “perfect server setup” thread or post but I have not found anything yet. Any insight would be great.


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  • Sorry I don’t have an answer for you.

    I’ve checked a lot of the posts on the same subject, and the only real answer I’ve gotten is that it “depends on the server setup”.

    I run my own servers. I’d like to find out what it is about the server setup that makes some work and others not. Does anyone out there have details on what makes the auto update work? Mine don’t even connect when I enter the specific FTP details.

    I’ve tried defining FS_Method in wp-config
    define('FS_METHOD', 'direct');
    and various similar techniques. No joy.

    I can make it work if I chmod the works to 0777, but security wise that’s just stupid.

    So does anyone know what it really requires on the server side?


    It does depend on server setup, and is usually a permissions thing.

    However ‘server’ refers to 1) web server 2) PHP 3) OS user accounts and where your installation is on the file system.

    For example, you may have set up a chroot ‘jail’, or you may have suexec PHP congfigured, or there maybe something in the web server set up (though this is less often the the most direct reason).

    Ok…. Can I get more details on “the permissions thing”?

    I’d really like to get this ironed out.

    No chroot jail as far as I’m aware, nor suexec PHP.

    I *am* using a non-standard, standalone FTP server.

    This question has to be one that many others are asking. I’d like to see at least some clue as to how the WordPress auto-update works so we can suss out some solutions.

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