Install fails, but where is it actually trying to create /public_html? (1 post)

  1. ssteiner
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I get the following error when trying to update:

    Downloading update from http://wordpress.org/wordpress-3.0.3.zip…

    Unpacking the update…

    Could not create directory.: /public_html

    Installation Failed


    There are two issues:

    My WordPress installation is in a *subdirectory* of /home/myuser/public_html definitely not /public_html. So, I'm presuming that the error message is not reporting the full path that can't be created.

    Problem #2 is that the Codex entry at: Changing File Permissions seem to contain conflicting instructions:

    All files should be owned by your user account on your web server, and should be writable by your username.


    NOTE: For the Automatic Upgrade/Install of Plugins/Themes and WordPress Upgrades, No special permissions need to be set. All WordPress files should remain owned by your user account (the user account the httpd runs as)

    Owned by my "user account" and owned by "the user account the httpd runs as" is contradictory. My user account doesn't run the httpd server, "nobody" does.

    Could someone who knows the correct information take a couple of minutes and disambiguate the Codex? I'd be happy to do it, but I don't want to send other people on a similar wild goose chase.



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