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  • astromono


    Good morning!

    I’m having a hard time uploading avatars to my BP install as a user. I tried creating a dummy test account and uploading an avatar, but I got this error when I tried:

    “Upload Failed! Error was: Unable to create directory /var/www/wp-content/blogs.dir/**/files/avatars/signups/818. Is its parent directory writable by the server?”

    I tried checking through the forms here and on (it’s been replicated plenty), but haven’t found an answer.

    I’m running WP 3.1.1 on a multisite with subdomains. Buddypress 1.2.8 is installed on a subdomain called

    I tried checking permissions for the folders in the subdomain install and even went as far as to put all the directories within blogs.dir on 777, but that didn’t work. I am, however able to upload media to a blog post and it will display properly. Seems the issue is only related to the directory where avatars are stored.

    Any help anyone can provide is much appreciated!

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  • astromono


    Also, i’m on Dreamhost, which means that the address BP is trying to use to create the directory is wrong (it doesn’t start with “/var/www/”, is there a way to change this?



    Do post your issues at forums – use same username and password to log in there

    1. just in case you used fantastico to install WordPress, I suggest you start from scratch and install WP manually i.e. upload WP files to server, create your database and install WP. Many issues with fantastico with BuddyPress.
    2. Before installing BuddyPress

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