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Fix Joomla 3.0 directory permissions
11-23-2012, 10:47 AM,
Fix Joomla 3.0 directory permissions
NOTE: this post is for Joomla 3.0, for 2.5 and prior versions, jump to Setting Joomla Directory Permissions for Joomla 2.5

After a fresh Joomla! 3.0.x or RocketLauncher J30 installation you may face the situation where you cannot install any new extension (component, module or plugin). In case of RocketLauncher (at this time only Metropolis RocketLauncher J30 is available), the fresh installation will cause this issue on most cPanel/WHM servers.

The symptom:
Warning: Failed to move file!

JFolder: :files: Path is not a folder. Path: /home/ ... /public_html/tmp/install_50aec7556dcbf
JFolder: :folder: Path is not a folder. Path: /home/ ... /public_html/tmp/install_50aec7556dcbf
JFolder: :files: Path is not a folder. Path: /home/ ... /public_html/tmp/install_50aec7556dcbf
JInstaller: :Install: Cannot find Joomla XML setup file

Archive does not exist

There could be several reasons for such messages but in case of a new Joomla 3.0 installation or Metropolis RocketLauncher J30 the problem is the Joomla 3.0 directory permissions.

The solution:
Setting Joomla Directory Permissions - updated 11/22/2012 for Joomla 3.0
After installing Joomla! 3.0.x you may need to fix the directory permissions in order to have Joomla! working without "Permission denied" errors and/or "Failed to move file!" warnings. I couldn't find a simple way to view the list of folders that need RW (read, write) rights. In previous Joomla versions used to be "Site" >> "System Information" and the "Directory Permissions" tab, where you could see the full list of directories with the "Writable" or "Unwritable" status. Not there any more but you may still need to change the file permissions for these directories.

You can achieve this one-by-one via the cPanel File Manager or via FTP, refer to the list of directories at the end of this post, change them all to 0777 rw (read-write).

If you have SSH acces, it is easier and by running the following bash script, where you need to change the "username" for SERVERUSER and optionally add the INSTALLDIR, it is just a minute:
*the username is same as your cPanel username, if you are on SSH /home/[username]/public_html/...
*the INSTALLDIR is used in case you installed Joomla under a folder or subdomain, ex. /home/[username]/public_html/[mypage] for or


SERVERUSER="username"     #username on your server (same as login name for cPanel) /home/SERVERUSER
INSTALLDIR=""            #optional, always start with "/" example: /myjoomla will point to directory

#change JOOMLAPATH to point to your Joomla! installation directory, the setting below works on default cPanel servers
#if SERVERUSER and INSTALLDIR is correctly set

echo "Home Directory: /home/"$SERVERUSER
echo "Joomla Install:" $JOOMLAPATH

#verify and accept before running chmod on Joomla! directories
read -p "Continue with chmod (y/n)?"
    if [ $REPLY != "y" ]; then
    echo "Exiting..."
    exit 1

chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/administrator/components
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/administrator/language
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/administrator/language/en-GB
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/administrator/language/overrides
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/administrator/manifests/files
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/administrator/manifests/libraries
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/administrator/manifests/packages
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/administrator/modules
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/administrator/templates
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/components
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/images
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/images/banners
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/images/sampledata
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/language
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/language/en-GB
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/language/overrides
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/libraries
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/media
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/modules
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/plugins
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/plugins/authentication
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/plugins/captcha
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/plugins/content
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/plugins/editors
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/plugins/editors-xtd
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/plugins/extension
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/plugins/finder
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/plugins/quickicon
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/plugins/search
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/plugins/system
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/plugins/user
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/templates
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/configuration.php
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/cache
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/administrator/cache
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/logs
chmod -v 0777 $JOOMLAPATH/tmp

exit 0

- as result, all directories should be "Writable":
administrator/components - Writable
administrator/language - Writable
administrator/language/en-GB - Writable
administrator/language/overrides - Writable
administrator/manifests/files - Writable
administrator/manifests/libraries - Writable
administrator/manifests/packages - Writable
administrator/modules - Writable
administrator/templates - Writable
components - Writable
images - Writable
images/banners - Writable
images/sampledata - Writable
language - Writable
language/en-GB - Writable
language/overrides - Writable
libraries - Writable
media - Writable
modules - Writable
plugins - Writable
plugins/authentication - Writable
plugins/captcha - Writable
plugins/content - Writable
plugins/editors - Writable
plugins/editors-xtd - Writable
plugins/extension - Writable
plugins/finder - Writable
plugins/quickicon - Writable
plugins/search - Writable
plugins/system - Writable
plugins/user - Writable
templates - Writable
configuration.php - Writable
cache (Cache Directory) - Writable
administrator/cache (Cache Directory) - Writable
/logs (Log directory) - Writable
/tmp (Temp directory) - Writable

NOTE: there may be other directories that need the rw permission, I will add them as I encounter any other errors.
11-23-2012, 12:04 PM,
RE: Fix Joomla 3.0 directory permissions
You may still encounter errors when installing extensions, errors like:
Quote:An error has occurred.
-1 Copy file failed

Go to "System" > "Global Configuration" and select the "System" tab. Too see the logs generated by Joomla, turn the Debug System on (Yes) under "Debug Settings" and Save settings. Now try to install the component again and check the logs it may help finding the issue.

An example:
Quote:Joomla! Debug Console

Copy file failed
Call stack
# Function Location
1 JAdministrator->dispatch() JROOT/administrator/index.php:54
2 JError::raiseError() JROOT/administrator/includes/application.php:169
3 JError::raise() JROOT/libraries/legacy/error/error.php:242
11-23-2012, 12:29 PM,
RE: Fix Joomla 3.0 directory permissions
Sometimes there is no clear sign of what could cause the "-1 Copy file failed" message. Instead of reading the code and logs to find the directory or file without the right permissions, I found Akeeba Admin Tools very useful. After installing the Admin Tools component, go to "Components" > "Admin Tools" and select the "Joomla! Core" icon under Updates. Select "Reinstall 3.0.x".

This will start a reinstall process (Write directly to files, don't use FTP) and will give you error messages that are much easier to understand. Ex.:

Quote:The page at www. says:
Could not open /home/username/public_html/ for writing.

Solution (cPanel CentOS):
chown nobody:nobody /home/username/public_html/

or (change it back afterwards!)
chmod 0777 /home/username/public_html/
*set the file permissions for Joomla to have write rights

To set all files and directories to have the correct permissions, use the following while INSIDE! your home directory (/home/username/public_html/):
find . -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;
find . -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;
11-23-2012, 01:04 PM,
RE: Fix Joomla 3.0 directory permissions
If all the above fails, here is what will help (cPanel CentOS) but make sure you understand file permissions:

1. change all files to have nobody as owner and group
(!replace [username] with your username - /home/this_is_your_username/public_html)
chown -vR nobody:nobody /home/[username]/public_html

2. give write permissions to /public_html folder
chmod 0777 /home/[username]/public_html

3. Reinstall (update) Joomla 3.0. If you have the latest Joomla installed, read about Admin Tools above, it will give the option to reinstall.

4. restore permissions for /public_html folder
chmod 0750 /home/[username]/public_html

5. restore user and group for /public_html folder
chown [username]:nobody /home/[username]/public_html

6. you may want restore any other file-rights (read above)
04-14-2013, 10:28 AM,
RE: Fix Joomla 3.0 directory permissions
if you're using a commandline ftp client, here's a cut and paste for you:

chmod -v 0777 administrator/components
chmod -v 0777 administrator/language
chmod -v 0777 administrator/language/en-GB
chmod -v 0777 administrator/language/overrides
chmod -v 0777 administrator/manifests/files
chmod -v 0777 administrator/manifests/libraries
chmod -v 0777 administrator/manifests/packages
chmod -v 0777 administrator/modules
chmod -v 0777 administrator/templates
chmod -v 0777 components
chmod -v 0777 images
chmod -v 0777 images/banners
chmod -v 0777 images/sampledata
chmod -v 0777 language
chmod -v 0777 language/en-GB
chmod -v 0777 language/overrides
chmod -v 0777 libraries
chmod -v 0777 media
chmod -v 0777 modules
chmod -v 0777 plugins
chmod -v 0777 plugins/authentication
chmod -v 0777 plugins/captcha
chmod -v 0777 plugins/content
chmod -v 0777 plugins/editors
chmod -v 0777 plugins/editors-xtd
chmod -v 0777 plugins/extension
chmod -v 0777 plugins/finder
chmod -v 0777 plugins/quickicon
chmod -v 0777 plugins/search
chmod -v 0777 plugins/system
chmod -v 0777 plugins/user
chmod -v 0777 templates
chmod -v 0777 configuration.php
chmod -v 0777 cache
chmod -v 0777 administrator/cache
chmod -v 0777 logs
chmod -v 0777 tmp

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