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how do i delete forum files? - permissions error [message #3725] Thu, 04 July 2002 15:31 Go to next message
juicysauce is currently offline  juicysauce   United States
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I love FUDforum, but I've got an old installation on one of my web sites that I'd like to get rid of. Problem is, I can't seem to delete some of the files. I get a Permission denied error message.

For instance, when I try to delete forum/adm/admannounce.php, WS FTP says

550 admannounce.php : Permission denied
! Delete of admannounce.php failed


I tried chmoding the directories before deleting files in them, but that didn't work either.

Any ideas?

Thanks!
Re: how do i delete forum files? - permissions error [message #3727 is a reply to message #3725] Thu, 04 July 2002 15:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ilia is currently offline  Ilia   Canada
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Does your version of the forum have a file manager?
If so use that to delete the files, otherwise make a php script to delete them files and run it via the web.


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Re: how do i delete forum files? - permissions error [message #3775 is a reply to message #3727] Fri, 05 July 2002 13:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
juicysauce is currently offline  juicysauce   United States
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Well, my version of the forum does have a file manager, but I was able to delete just enough files to make it inaccessibile. Sad Oh well.

I'll try to write a PHP script, as you suggested. I guess I'll use unlink() and rmdir(). I've never messed with file deletion before, so it'll be an experimental process.

Thanks so much for your help!
Re: how do i delete forum files? - permissions error [message #3822 is a reply to message #3725] Sat, 06 July 2002 21:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ecxeleron is currently offline  Ecxeleron   Australia
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install another fud over the top of that, unlock the files, and delete the whole thing Smile


Re: how do i delete forum files? - permissions error [message #3828 is a reply to message #3822] Sun, 07 July 2002 03:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
juicysauce is currently offline  juicysauce   United States
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Thank you for your suggestion. It's an excellent idea, but re-installing the forum is a real pain in the a%$. I remember when I originally installed it, I spent about an hour with chat support getting it up and running. It's still just as messed up.

I'm just wondering, from a conceptual standpoint, why in the world I don't have permission to delete files that I put on the server. I'm obviously a novice php user; I'm sure this is a rudimentary concept, but I really don't understand it. I mean, if I can't delete these files, then who can?! Confused

Thanks again!
Re: how do i delete forum files? - permissions error [message #3829 is a reply to message #3828] Sun, 07 July 2002 03:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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When the forum installer runs, it runs as the 'webserver' user. Hence, that user owns all the created files, so you who are a different user cannot delete those files unless they are made world writeable, which is a BIG security risk.

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Re: how do i delete forum files? - permissions error [message #3832 is a reply to message #3829] Sun, 07 July 2002 03:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
juicysauce is currently offline  juicysauce   United States
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I see... I noticed that the files were created by "nobody"... is that the same thing as the webserver user you mentioned?

Is there some way I can login as this user?

Thanks!
Re: how do i delete forum files? - permissions error [message #3835 is a reply to message #3832] Sun, 07 July 2002 10:54 Go to previous message
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Nope, you cann login as that user unless you have root access.
Which is why there is a unlock/lock file control panel that allows you to temporarily make all forum's files world writeable so you can delete them if need be. As well as a file manager, which allows you to upload/delete files.


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