I have this error message:

The specified file temporary://fileYU5WGQ could not be copied, because the destination directory is not properly configured. This may be caused by a problem with file or directory permissions. More information is available in the system log.

I know it's a folder permission problem. But I can't figure out which folder is the cause.

In sites/default/files I have these three folders, all of them with permission set to 777:




Then I don't know where is the problem?? I attached a image capture of the sistem file setting: capture

  • do you have any sub-folder within this folders? Sep 12, 2011 at 10:14
  • no folders inside temp
    – chefnelone
    Sep 12, 2011 at 10:17
  • do you transfer your drupal from another server? Sep 12, 2011 at 11:31

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Did you check what user is the owner of each of your folders in question ? Use chown username:groupname to change owner/group of a folder.

  • You hit the point. It is a Owner a Group problem. When drupal create a folder in the remote folder it get Owner: 20003 y Group: 20003 which are Apache settings. How do I tell Drupal to give FTP protocol to the created folders, I mean Owner: 30050 y Group: 30049?
    – chefnelone
    Sep 13, 2011 at 8:29
  • You cannot change folder permissions/ownership directly in drupal unless you use a module like Take Control without php code. The best is to change folder permissions in unix/linux shell or via CPanel, DirectAdmin or ask your host provider. In shell you use command: chown 30050:30049 foldername You can also try to change using your ftp client or directly via php commands, for example: <?php $file_name = "your_filename.php"; $path = "/your_folderpath/" . $file_name; $user_name = "your_username"; chmod($path, 0777); chown($path, $user_name); ?>
    – LLub
    Sep 13, 2011 at 9:48
  • thanks, I guess I need to go deeper in this since I´m having lots of permissions issues.
    – chefnelone
    Sep 14, 2011 at 15:27

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