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Uploading files [default cms]

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Community Member, 7 Posts

7 August 2009 at 3:22am

I'm trying to use the CMS File & Images -> upload to get the pictures onto the server (remotely). I get the error:

"Website Error
There has been an error
The website server has not been able to respond to your request."

I haven't adjusted any code.

Bruce B

Community Member, 157 Posts

9 August 2009 at 4:37pm

Try again but this time put ?isDev=1 (or &isDev=1 if the URL already has a ?) on the end of the URL. That should put the site in dev mode and give you a more usable error message.


Community Member, 7 Posts

11 August 2009 at 12:58am

[Warning] copy(/var/www/ [function.copy]: failed to open stream: Permission denied
POST /admin/assets/UploadForm

Line 195 in /var/www/

186 Filesystem::makeFolder(dirname("$base/$file"));
188 while(file_exists("$base/$file")) {
189 $i = isset($i) ? ($i+1) : 2;
190 $oldFile = $file;
191 $file = ereg_replace('[0-9]*(\.[^.]+$)',$i . '\\1', $file);
192 if($oldFile == $file && $i > 2) user_error("Couldn't fix $file with $i", E_USER_ERROR);
193 }
195 if(file_exists($tmpFile['tmp_name']) && copy($tmpFile['tmp_name'], "$base/$file")) {
196 // Update with the new image
197 return $this->constructChild(basename($file));
198 } else {
199 user_error("Folder::addUploadToFolder: Couldn't copy '$tmpFile[tmp_name]' to '$file'", E_USER_ERROR);
200 return false;
201 }


* copy(/tmp/phpJzgj9J,/var/www/
Line 195 of Folder.php
* Folder->addUploadToFolder(Array)
Line 217 of AssetAdmin.php
* AssetAdmin->doUpload(Array,Form,HTTPRequest)
Line 241 of Form.php
* Form->httpSubmission(HTTPRequest)
Line 129 of RequestHandler.php
* RequestHandler->handleRequest(HTTPRequest)
Line 143 of RequestHandler.php
* RequestHandler->handleRequest(HTTPRequest)
Line 122 of Controller.php
* Controller->handleRequest(HTTPRequest)
Line 277 of Director.php
* Director::handleRequest(HTTPRequest,Session)
Line 121 of Director.php
* Director::direct(/admin/assets/UploadForm)
Line 118 of main.php

Do I just need to increase the permissions?


Community Member, 2 Posts

12 August 2009 at 10:22pm

I just overcame this problem by changing the permissions of the assets folder to 777


Community Member, 6 Posts

24 December 2009 at 10:14am

Thanks man, you just saved me hours of work.
Also make sure to look up with ls -la the Apache User in Ubuntu. Standard user is www-data and group www-data.
To change open secure shell and do a chown -R www-data:www-data ./assets
This is a quick fix so your client won't go mad. In the meantime you can check if you really should give full permissions
to all files contained in /assets.

Have a great time!