• This is weird. In the past, when I first installed WordPress, I was able to edit my theme files via the “Presentation” in the admin panel. And just yesterday, I noticed that it no longer allows me to do so. It says, “If this file were writable..” I have already heard about the support question about changing the files to 666. But how come it happened, when I didn’t even touch them in the first place? Too bad I wasn’t able to check if it was really 666 before. It’s 644 right now by the way.

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  • shadow

    (@shadow)

    Could just be a change on your server of some description. Simply change them to writeable for now and then change them back when you are finished editing.

    pweingart

    (@pweingart)

    I’ll bet money you started the process as user “root” one time, whereas you used to start it as you, or as “wordpress”. When you run a system as root, and root modifies a file, it will often take ownership. So, I’m guessing when you first installed the theme, you were editing a file that was owned by you (in which case, permissions of 644 would be sufficient), whereas now you’re editing a file owned by root (in which case, 644 won’t do, you need 666, or 766, or something that allows the world to edit your files.)

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