On Jan 29, 2008 7:16 AM, Dennis Gaida <dennisgaida@...> wrote:
> I'm running on shared webhosting and my webhost recently updated to a
> newer Confixx version, since then I am having many permission problems
> with SquirrelMail (and other packages).
> Every so often I get the famous "could not copy
> data/myusername123.pref to (data/myusername123.pref.tmp" message. The
> only way to circumvent this is to set the myusername123.pref (and with
> that, all other preference files of all the users) to CHMOD 777 (which
> is unsafe?). My webhost tells me that it's all normal and this is the
> correct way to go: Files 777, Folder 777. I don't agree with them but
Anyone who tells you something like that does not deserve your
business. Period. The only reason I can imagine they'd say that,
beside utter and complete stupidity, is that they have a very
convoluted hosting system that will only work with your applications
if you use 777 permissions on the application data directories. This
is unacceptable IMO.
> Looking at the Owners I see that most of the files are owned by:
> myusername, whereas the .tmp files are owned by wwwrun, group apache.
> I guess that's where my problem is coming from, I just hope somebody
> can tell me what else I can do (with only FTP access). Should I really
> set all files to 777 (cannot change the .tmp files anyways because "
> 550 web287p1.pref.tmp: Operation not permitted")? Or what to tell my
> webhost to change - so far they tell me 10000000s of other users have
> no problems?
As well as the following section. If you cannot execute the
ownership/permission change commands listed therein, you have to ask
you host to do them for you. If they cannot or refuse, then you need
to find a new hosting solution.
> My system specs (as far as I can gather them without SSH access):
> SquirrelMail Version: 1.4.9a
> Plugins: HTML Mail 2.3, Image Buttons 1.3, Preview Pane 1.2, Reply
> Buttons 1.0, Show Thumb 1.05, view_as_html 3.7a
> System: Debian 3.1
> PHP Version: 5.2.5
> IMAP: IMAP4REV1 (no clue what server)
> SMTP: Also no clue
> Apache: 1.3.33
> Dennis Gaida