Support » Fixing WordPress » Could not create directory. wp-content/upgrade/xxx.tmp

  • Resolved Roy


    I know, plenty of threads about this, but not one with a sollution for me.
    When using 3.0(.1) (network enabled) I had no problems upgrading plugins. When I wanted to upgrade to 3.0.2 I got the error from the topic title. I upgraded manually and didn’t give it a thought. Now I get the same error when I want to upgrade a plugin. No, I didn’t change anything but the few WP files that were changed.
    So, the upgrade folder to 777, no success. wp-content to 777, same. wp-content and /plugins and /upgrade to 777, no succes. Deleted the upgrade folder, it gets recreated (740!), but the same error and in the end, deleted the plugin, tried to add a new one, same error.
    I’m no fond of 777 permissions, I’ve always used 747 without problems.
    Any suggestions I didn’t think of?

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  • Rah, in 3.0.3 the update core file only gives a white screen…

    I’ve tried all options in this thread but without succes. Another website on another server works perfectly, so it has to be server-sided, but I have no clue what. It could be due to the multi-install, since I read of noone who solved the issue with a multi-install.
    Suggestions are more than welcome.

    Moderator James Huff


    Try setting your FTP system to proftpd, or ask your hosting provider to change it.

    Never heard of that, but I looked around a bit. Another sort of FTP server? Does it handle file permissions differently, or what’s the difference? I’ll look into it. Thanks.

    Moderator James Huff


    Yeah, it’s another FTP server.

    I’m not sure if it’ll fix this issue, but there was incompatibility between the auto updater and pure-ftpd. In that case, switching to proftpd was the solution, and most server packages allow you to easily switch between the two.

    I’m afraid that’s no option with my host…
    Other suggestions?



    Forum Moderator

    Ask your hosting provider for assistance.

    I’m not sure if it’ll fix this issue

    Me neither, if that’s the case WP should started to make conflicts with my FTP server between 3.0 and 3.0.1 and when I see what files are changed, I can hardly imagine that.

    However the upgrade files weren’t in the changelog, 3.0.4 solved this problem!

    This issue actually wasn’t solved when I thought it was a month ago, but the white screen of the upgrade option did leave then. Only now (when working on my girlfriend’s WP) do I realise that it is actually Ask Apache Password Protect blocking access to the wp-content folder. I have used this plugin for such a long time that I don’t even think about it anymore when there’s a problem… Next time there’s an upgrade I’ll try to deactivate wp-content protection and see if that helps.

    2nd on disable apache password protect – worked for me and I tried a heap of other things. THanks Roy



    3rd for Roy’s suggestion! I was banging my head thank you!

    Same for me here. When I deactivatedt ask apache password proctet the problem was solved.

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