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FUDforum incompatible with phpsuexec [message #32790] Fri, 21 July 2006 12:59 Go to next message
TonyMarston is currently offline  TonyMarston   United Kingdom
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My hosting company has decided, for security reasons, to enable phpsuexec on all of its servers. This basically runs PHP as CGI instead of an Apache module, but one of the side effects is that it is no longer possible to put any PHP directves in a .htaccess file - they all have to go into a local php.ini file instead. I have changed all my .htaccess files accordingly, and everything works except FUDforum which throws up the following errors on each page:

Warning: fud_use(/home/radicore/FUDforum/include/theme/default/err.inc): failed to open stream: Permission denied in /home/radicore/FUDforum/include/core.inc on line 69

Warning: fud_use(): Failed opening '/home/radicore/FUDforum/include/theme/default/err.inc' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php:/home/radicore/public_html /inc') in /home/radicore/FUDforum/include/core.inc on line 69

The page then renders without any css styling whatsoever, so it looks pretty grim.

Is there a way around this, or is it not possible for FUDforum to run with phpsuexec enabled?


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Re: FUDforum incompatible with phpsuexec [message #32811 is a reply to message #32790] Sun, 23 July 2006 09:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The problem is that you've installed FUDforum before phpsuexec was put in place and all files are owned by the webserver user and secure file permissions deny your user access to them. The solution is to have your ISP chown the FUDforum files to your user/group.

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Re: FUDforum incompatible with phpsuexec [message #32821 is a reply to message #32811] Mon, 24 July 2006 08:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
TonyMarston is currently offline  TonyMarston   United Kingdom
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Unfortunately your response came too late. I decided to try re-installing the software (after taking a database backup, of course). I found that I had to take all the PHP directives out of the .htaccess file and place them in a php.ini file then I had to delete and recreate all the main directories as the original subdirectories were created with owner="nobody" and were now inaccessible to me.

I reloaded the database I had backed up, but guess what I found? All the messages had subject text but no body text! After a grea deal of investigation I discovered that FUDforum does not store message bodies in the database, it uses a series of flat files in the /message/ subdirectory instead, a subdirectory which I had deleted. I now have a forum where al the message bodies are empty, thus making them totally useless.

Can you please explain who decided NOT to store message bodies in the database? Any reasonable person would assume that everything is held within the database and that a backup/restore would cover the whole forum.

Are there plans to rectify this ridiculous design error?


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Re: FUDforum incompatible with phpsuexec [message #32823 is a reply to message #32821] Mon, 24 July 2006 09:17 Go to previous message
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This is an intentional design decision for performance, if you search the forum archives you'll find a more detailed explanation. That said, there is an option inside the forum settings that will allow you to tell the forum to store the messages inside the database.

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