Posted by: pvibeesh on: October 16, 2007
(1) Check the permissions of your tmp directory in the joomla base directory
give proper write permissions
(2) If you want to install a module written for the older version
enable the system legacy plugin
1 | Taher ALAMI (STAR)
November 1, 2007 at 3:25 pm
Just to tell you that your tip is working !
Thanks Again !
2 | Bruce
November 22, 2007 at 10:53 am
I am very new at this and I hate to bother anybody, but I have just loaded joomla1.5 to a new site and I can not get any files to upload. I get the failed to move file mesage. I have enabled system legacy and checked permissions in cpanel. tmp directory permission 755.
In the administration panel, under INFORMATION, Directory Permissions, all files show status Unwritable. Do I have to change this and if so, how?
The files I want to upload are templates for 1.5 and adsense module for 1.5.
As this site is new I want to start with the latest Joomla package and add components such as Virtuemart. I would appreciate any assistance you may be able to give me.
My query on google brought me to you.
I hope you can help me with this.
3 | mash
December 12, 2007 at 9:42 am
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4 | Dan
December 27, 2007 at 3:05 am
I’m a noob at this –
I got one step closer by changing the ownership to the www-data user on my public directory where the joomla stuff is installed…. we will see if that helps. I’d rather do it this way than to open up 777 dir access in the /var/www directories.
5 | John
January 19, 2008 at 3:42 pm
Thanks I just googled the problem and you tip was the first result
6 | Chris Glaves
February 2, 2008 at 2:41 am
Thanks for posting this fix – worked like a charm!
7 | Zer
February 13, 2008 at 2:59 pm
The new version of joomla “1.5” works very very good… but if we don’t now how use it, we will be a lot of problem.
You need to change the permisions to 777 or rwx on tmp and other directory.
If you do it, joomla will be fine…
8 | Clayton
April 3, 2008 at 1:46 pm
I was trying to install a plugin the eQuotes component. So I made the tmp folder 755 and clicked install. Then BANG all my menus and content have disappeared from my site! Help please. Any ideas,? I am screwed!
Thanks in advance!!!
9 | Clayton
April 3, 2008 at 2:10 pm
I’ve fixed it! Sorry to panic!!! I just forgot I changed the permissions on the modules and components folders too.
Sorry, wasn’t thinking in my panic!!
10 | TheCrewStyle
April 23, 2008 at 9:08 am
I wanna thank you for this. It’s work.
Thanks a lot ! :)
11 | Serg
April 25, 2008 at 2:10 pm
Thank you! Your tip works.
12 | Piyush
May 4, 2008 at 12:15 pm
Thanks for the tip. Saved me a lot of time !!
13 | Adham
May 20, 2008 at 6:43 pm
thanks.. it worked :)
14 | jicoro
June 6, 2008 at 7:16 am
wont work for me please help..
15 | Peter
June 16, 2008 at 2:39 pm
Warning! – Failed to move file
problem no more – thank you thank you!
16 | Terry
July 17, 2008 at 12:05 pm
Hi there really Thanks Alot for this tip as it really works and i even went to joomla support forum but nobody came forward with to me with an answer untill i google search and saw your tip, thanks alot :) GOD BLESS U :) and i Thanks GOD FOR YOU :)
17 | kiran
July 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm
i ve stuck at the same problem im not able to install any components, or modules or templates…
it is showing me Warning! – Failed to move file unable to open the archive
i have checked 777 thing and even my Directory Permissions are showing as writable. but im not able to install any thing.
plzz any one help me out….
18 | Niko
August 16, 2008 at 11:47 pm
Just want to say thanks for the tips, It works perfectly.
For me, the problem is the tmp folder. I need to use the full path to the tmp folder in my ISP.
19 | jann
August 22, 2008 at 11:54 am
i was trying to upload a new templates for joomla 1.5 but i can’t upload bcoz there was an error stating “file uploads need to enabled” . This is not the first time im using this…before i can upload a new templates but now i cant bcoz of that error. Im just using it locally. When i encounter this error i dont have a internet connection but now i dont have…pls anybody could help me…
20 | Rathnam
September 19, 2008 at 9:44 am
i could install visit statistics module after making tmp folder writable.
Thanks a lot
21 | ihsan
October 23, 2008 at 9:38 am
Thank you for your help
22 | Key
October 26, 2008 at 4:50 pm
23 | scholl-backpack
October 30, 2008 at 9:54 am
I did chmod 777 for the joomla base tmp. But it doesn’t seems works. Another error prompt me: Unable to write entry
24 | printer
October 30, 2008 at 9:57 am
I found the solution : Its to disable PHP SafeMode & Everything will work alright.
25 | thestairs
November 21, 2008 at 7:33 am
26 | You Rock
November 30, 2008 at 3:43 pm
i was really stuck… And i was like =S then i googled it and found this you rock !!!!!!!!!!!
27 | sudha
December 8, 2008 at 8:03 am
thanks for the ful informations
28 | Amila
December 19, 2008 at 6:04 am
Thanks , it works for 1.5.8 too :))
29 | Rodric
January 4, 2009 at 11:36 pm
Just as Niko said, check the path to the tmp folder in Global Configuration > Server > section: Server Settings > option: Path to Temp-Folder.
This should point to the tmp path in your Joomla! directory. On Windows it will be something like:
For me the problem was that I renamed the installation forlder and everything worked fine for a few weeks, until I tried to install an extension; forgot to update the changed dir-name in Path to Temp-Folder.
July 6, 2009 at 2:13 am
I’d copied the site over from a server to my localhost and couldn’t work out why the new template zip would not work. Changing the directory path in Server Settings worked :)
30 | Shailesh Jha
February 21, 2009 at 6:46 am
Thanks dear it is working fine now.
thanks a lot
31 | bruce
February 23, 2009 at 4:51 pm
Here my command
chown -hR apache:apache /var/www/html/joomla
32 | Jassim Raja
March 20, 2009 at 2:12 pm
Thanks! It worked :)
33 | meeya
May 7, 2009 at 3:57 am
Login to your joomla administrator panel.
go to Help->System Info
then click on Directories Permissions Tab and check which directories are still unwriteble, just set the permission/CHMOD to 777 of those directories which are unwriteable through ftp access.Now install any component/module it will works 110%.
34 | ame
June 8, 2009 at 8:02 am
In some hostings (like me, using netregistry, not Cpanel) change CHMOD didnt solve the problem. It’s solved by fill Global Configuration > Server > in temp path = [Root]/tmp
35 | Murat Bilga
July 19, 2009 at 7:54 am
it works well
36 | illusions
July 29, 2009 at 6:44 am
Thank for solution. I had this problem.
37 | khanate
September 9, 2009 at 5:45 am
anyone knows why cant I change the folder permissions?
i change em but when i check it they are still unwritable. seems like its locked or something….
any idea how to solve this
38 | Andree Ochoa
December 6, 2009 at 11:56 pm
The TMP folder answer is fine, but there may be another solution for those that have not yet got a positive result.
You will need SSH access to you server. Get inside your hosting directory. eg. /var/www/vhosts/yourdomain.com/
do: ls -l
it will give you the results:
drwxr-x— 22 YOURUSER GROUP 4096 Dec 6 13:14 HTTPDIR
Your HTTPDIR maybe public_html or httpdocs depending on your hosting provider.
What you need to do is make sure
your hosting user is also a member of your GROUP, if not do:
usermod -G GROUPNAME YOURHOSTINGUSER
and then remember to CHMOD 777 YOURTMPDIRECTORY
39 | george
January 4, 2010 at 7:56 pm
Thanks the tip worked out
40 | nijee
January 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm
worked perfect for me..
41 | hakimi
February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm
i do it bot i cant install new component yet
42 | Max
September 10, 2010 at 5:40 am
Thanks for the post, it solved my problem easily.
43 | safina
March 10, 2011 at 7:38 am
i enable system legacy and change tmp file still got error
* JFolder::create: Could not create directory
* Component Install: Failed to create directory.:
44 | sandeep
July 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm
Thanks Bro..I’m on my way
45 | Davide Ganz
July 30, 2011 at 10:53 am
Thanks for help:)
If somebody want to see a more detailed solution:
1) Setting Joomla’s Permissions here:
46 | duck_prince
October 3, 2011 at 2:23 am
Worked, thanks alot
47 | dj-rocky
January 31, 2012 at 7:29 pm
hi if you have this erros just chane the promission in tmp to 777 and modul in administrator 777 and it will work if dont change evry modul to 888 i hope i i help you
48 | bluedolphin21
December 26, 2012 at 10:22 am
Thanks, the problem was solved.
49 | Irving
April 28, 2013 at 3:55 pm
Helpful information. Fortunate me I found your web site by
chance, and I am surprised why this twist of fate didn’t happened in advance! I bookmarked it.
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