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Made a simple change to my "Display>General>HTML includes>Default Header" which I occasionally do and clicked on the "Update General Settings" button and got the following error message:

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Failed to create a backup copy of the config.inc.php file. This file is found within your /includes directory and must be writable. Please fix the permissions and try again.

I checked the file permissions and it looks okay. See attached screenshot:

Any idea(s) what could be wrong?
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The error is referring to the permission of the directory, not the original file.
This would be the permission for your /includes directory, as it is attempting to write the backup copy

path: includes/
original file that you already have: config.inc.php file
backup file that is trying to be created: config-bak.inc.php

go to Control Panel Permission > Tools & Information: Permission Checks
and confirm that "includes" shows as a green "OK"


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EVERY item in the "Permission Checks" section shows "Fail". Attached is the expanded "includes" permissions.
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something has happened to all your folder file permission settings.

Refer to the install guide for reference.

https://www.ubbcentral.com/doc_install.php

Set File & Directory Permissions

Linux, Unix, and Mac Servers:
You must set the following permissions on the UBB.threads files and directories. You can use your FTP software to set these permissions. For exact information on setting permissions in your FTP client, see the documentation included with that program.

admin/ directory: set permissions to 777
files within the admin/ directory: set permissions to 666
cache/ directory: set permissions to 777
cache_builders/ directory: set permissions to 777
cache_builders/custom/ directory: set permissions to 777 (Required to edit Custom Islands)
files within the cache_builders/custom/ directory: set permissions to 666 (Required to edit Custom Islands)
gallery/ directory: set permissions to 777 (Required to use the Gallery feature)
directories within the gallery/default directory: set permissions to 777 (Required to use the Gallery feature)
includes/ directory: set permissions to 777
files within the includes/ directory: set permissions to 666
languages/ directory: set permissions to 777
languages/english/ directory: set permissions to 777
files within the languages/english/ directory: set permissions to 666
languages/english/admin/ directory: set permissions to 777
files within the languages/english/admin/ directory: set permissions to 666
sessions/ directory: set permissions to 777
styles/ directory: set permissions to 777 (Required to use the Style Editor)
files within the styles/ directory: set permissions to 666 (Required to use the Style Editor)
templates/compile/ directory: set permissions to 777
templates/default/ directory: set permissions to 777 (Required to use the Template Editor)
files within the templates/default/ directory: set permissions to 666 (Required to use the Template Editor)
tmp/ directory: set permissions to 777
uploads/ directory: set permissions to 777

Note: Some servers will not allow scripts to be executed out of a directory that is has 777 permissions, such as the dashboard.php file in the admin directory. If this is true on your server, your UBB.threads forum directory and the admin/ directory should be chmodded 775 or 755 with the files in the /admin directory chmodded 644.

suPHP with a allow_file_others_writeable value of disabled may generate lines containing "is writeable by others" to the error logs.

Where it generally isn't used by most forums, you can manage images in the control panel if you chmod the files and directories within the images/ directory appropriately (777 for directories, 666 for files).

Last edited by Ruben; 09/29/2022 9:04 AM.

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Thanks....
FYI, directories were set to 755 and files to 664. I changed the Admin folder/files as suggested and then did the same to the Includes directory/folder likewise. The latter resolved the issue for the includes in the "Control Panel>HTML>default header" section.

Given what the remainder of the directories/files are set as above, do you think they can remain as is since no other problem(s) have occurred? And perhaps set the Admin directory/files back to what they were?

Thanks again for the information and help. smile


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They should be set that they are all consistent with the docs.
Bear in mind the note in the docs:

Note: Some servers will not allow scripts to be executed out of a directory that is has 777 permissions, such as the dashboard.php file in the admin directory. If this is true on your server, your UBB.threads forum directory and the admin/ directory should be chmodded 775 or 755 with the files in the /admin directory chmodded 644.


best thing to do is go back to the ubb control panel to Permission Checks and see if all is green or okay.


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All (except "includes") show as FAIL. The "includes" show as OK.


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Then fix them
Do one folder at a time If need be so you do not loose track of changes.


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Not sure what that means but okay.


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Done..... but most in the "Permissions Check" still show "Failed". Should those also be changed, e.g., all directories to "777" and all files within the respective directories to "666"?
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Yes ,which ever works for the includes be it 777 or 775 or 755 apply that to all the other folders.,they should all show green in permissions check to make sure all features work on your forum


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Iirc if you click the directory it'll show the files having issues in the permission checker.

Files need proper permissions to be written, folders need proper permissions to be written to and executed from.

Proper permissions are required to utilize the language or template editors, perform upgrades, write the cache, and write configuration changes; they're pretty critical.


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Okay guys...... All are now "OK"

Thanks for the help!! thumbsup


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