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I have Apache running on another machine on the local network but am unable to do certain things that I can on the live server - namely perform file uploads.

Wordpress tells me this may be because Apache doesn't have permissions to write to the website directories - does anyone know how to fix this?

The website folder is shared on the network also so I can't really go around chmoding it incase I break access for someone else.

Any help appreciated

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What is the error? – Gerry Dec 19 '11 at 14:58
generally it's just an HTTP error depending on the uploader. Wordpress says "error creating directory [dir]. Is it writable by the server?" or words to that effect - I've already googled this ofcourse but found nothing helpful. – jammypeach Dec 19 '11 at 15:15
the error is the same nomatter what uploader or code I use to try and create or save a file on the server - wordpress is merely the most verbose of these when it fails so I used that as an example. – jammypeach Dec 19 '11 at 15:19
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You are having a directory permissions issue. You should ensure that the folder you are uploading to allows read/write/execute access for the web user (typically _www).

In practice, this means you should change the owner and/or group of the folder, or allow read/write/execute for all:

chmod 777 /path/to/uploads
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good to know the user, thanks. just one niggle - i can't seem to find a terminal on the server. do you happen to know where they hid it? or is it normally in plain view? – jammypeach Dec 19 '11 at 15:54
Do you have direct access to the server or are you logging in remotely? The server is running MacOS X right? – Gerry Dec 19 '11 at 16:04
yes I have gui access, it's across the room, running osx 10.7 – jammypeach Dec 19 '11 at 16:23
Then it should be at /Applications/Utilities/ – Gerry Dec 19 '11 at 16:28
aaahh found it. sorry that's my fault, eyes needing tested lol. thanks for your help, this worked. – jammypeach Dec 19 '11 at 16:30

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