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  • 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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