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  • Resolved AFreeman


    (I have searched the forums and have attempted all similar issue solutions, with no success. This seems like an undocumented issue. If it is please comment with the link.)


    I’ve locked my self out in a big way.

    I have am running on Apache, with mod_rewrite on, my root permissions (i believe) set to allow wordpress to write to it, and i have an .htaccess document which contains the recommended text. I am using SVN for server access, but i don’t think that it is a factor.

    I can access the ‘admin’ page and can click to the internal links, but i get nothing below the update nag on the Permalinks page.

    I was experimenting with pretty-links for SEO purposes, and when i saved something custom like /%category%/%page_name%/ things went blank, and i was unable to navigate ‘back’ to change it to defaults. Is there some way to reset permalinks to default out side of the admin page?

    Any help is appreciated. A re-install seems out of the question.


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  • Thread Starter AFreeman


    This is my dev-build, and when i compare it to the sister build, the URL is the same for but on the dev build, there is nothing there, when i look at the page source. It’s like it’s unable to see the php document.


    Set your desired permalink and add this code in htaccess:

    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    ErrorDocument 404 /index.php?error=404
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
    # END WordPress


    Shane G.

    Thread Starter AFreeman


    I really wish i could! When i click on the Settings -> Permalinks i get a blank page. There’s the side bar, and the header but all of the options and related text are missing.

    I updated my .htaccess with what you suggested, and committed it to the server, but it did not make a difference.

    Any other suggestions? I saw some one suggest using a php editor to change the php document, but they didn’t specify how to force a default status.

    Thanks for your time,

    Thread Starter AFreeman


    Perhaps i should add the interoperability of my Post, Page, media, etc links on the admin-dashboard panel, and quick links. Much of the site displays blank pages as well. By blank i mean null content, nothing at all.

    What i really need to do is some how reset my permalinks to a default setting.

    I’ll try anything.


    Thread Starter AFreeman


    It’s interesting… in options-permalinks.php it specifies include (header), which in my situation is execuited. the very next line is
    $home_path = get_home_path();

    I can only assume that it’s failing on this line, because it does include the header, but stops there.

    What exactly is associated with home_path ? Any ideas?

    Thread Starter AFreeman


    I’ve done more work on this. I’ve de-activated all plug-in programs. I’ve checked all of the dashboard options that are available to me, and they all check out, as standard / typical. My Server Admin tells me that mod_rewrite is on, that my .htaccess is write enabled. I’ve cleared my cache, tried alternate browsers, and i’ve even tried praying to the cyber-godz. Nothing has returned the permalinks configuration options.

    What would help, i think; is the table, and row, in SQL where the current setting for permalinks is stored. I understand the dangers of accessing and editing a SQL database.

    Thanks for all your help.

    I am having the same problem! I just tried changing the permalinks to make it look classier. But, now I am totally stuck.

    Has this ever happened to anybody? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Oh well, I went ahead and imported my SQL Queries. My last backup was back in mid-December. But, I’ve learned my lesson to back-up my database more often.

    Thread Starter AFreeman



    Did resetting the SQL data work?
    Or did you just wipe it all off and re-install?
    If you manually edited the values, do you remember what the table was called?

    There are many threads all about 3 – 8 months old, all unresolved, regarding this issue. I think i’ve read them all twice now.

    I’m sort of hoping a moderator will be able to lend me a hand. I’ve done all that they’ve suggested on other posts; provided details, a clear summary of the issue, and my steps around-back-and-forth.

    If there is a moderator listening, help?


    Luckily, when I upgraded to WordPress 2.8 to 2.9 I backed up the
    database just in case. I thought I deleted it. At first I went into phpMyadmin and looked for any tables containing permalinks. I found one which looked to be the structure. I thought, here it is. But, when I edited it, nothing happened. What I had to do was create a new database, go into phpMyAdmin and run the queries I had in my backup database. After that I went into WP-Config and changed the database of WordPress. Worked like a charm! However, I had to re upload some files and update some content since the database is a month old.

    For fun, I tried setting the permalinks to another structure, and the same thing happened. It’s really weird. Looks like I am going to have to stick with the ugly looking URL. I wonder if it could possibly be the host. Currently, the WordPress site is being hosted on Earthlink. I am also wondering if there is a solution to this problem.

    I think I found the problem that blocks Permalinks from working. Permalinks seems to require mod_rewrite and it looks like Earthlink doesn’t have it.

    Thread Starter AFreeman


    Thank you for your posts JM300, but none of those things help me. Dumping and moving the DB is impossible, as it is integrated into a much larger system. I have mod_rewrite installed and active. I was hoping for a more precise location in SQL, but i do my best with your information.

    Are these forums even moderated any more?

    Thread Starter AFreeman


    Hey, Good news.

    I’ve given up.

    If you’re reading this post, because your permalinks are killing you, just stop. Reinstall your site. If you’re worried about loosing your data, navigate to the assets you can, and save the page-source. If nothing else you can rebuild from those ashes.

    Also, I want to apologize to the volunteers here at the site, who give their time to help people out, for what i’ve said. I was frustrated, and alone… not a good feeling, yanno?

    (If there are paid techs… shame on you.)

    With that, i give up on trying to solve this issue, and suggest you do the same. You’re only waisting your own time. Time that could be used to rebuild.


    Hi all,

    Even I am facing the same problem. Cannot see options when i click Settings->permalink

    It shows a blank page with no options. Tried clearing the cache, used firefox, IE6, IE7, I8, Opera but no luck.

    Tried WordPress 2.8 and 2.9.1 but of no use.

    .htaccess file was not there. So i created it manually and added the contents with Options Followsymlinks. That also did no good.

    I am stuck in the middle now. Any help from anyone?


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