I just upgraded to Drupal 7 from Drupal 6. It appears I've finally gotten everything working, except the module updater isn't working; it can't update from a URL or a file. I also cannot install new modules.

I check the box next to the module to update and it appears that it's working, or downloading; it works for a few seconds, then it just reloads the updater page and nothing has changed. It is the same when I install a new module, entering the URL for the module, or choosing the file from my computer. Again, it appears to be working, but it just reloads the module install page.

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This sounds like a folder permissions problem.
Check to see that the user account that your web server is using to server web pages has write permissions in the 'sites/all/modules' folder. Your webhost can help you with this.

  • The sites/all/modules folder has permissions of: drwxr-sr-x right now. I used chmod a+w to the directory also --- still does the same thing ...
    – Angela
    Dec 23, 2011 at 23:47
  • ckeditor is one I'm trying to update and noticed that the files inside that folder only had read permission - I did a chmod a+w to all the files in the ckeditor folder and still does the same thing when I try to update ckeditor ...
    – Angela
    Dec 23, 2011 at 23:49
  • I assume that this means I am giving "all" permission which would include the web server user?
    – Angela
    Dec 23, 2011 at 23:51
  • unfortunately I am the web host...
    – Angela
    Dec 24, 2011 at 0:58
  • Now have permssions for all/modules set to: drwxrwsrwx - still nothing ...
    – Angela
    Dec 24, 2011 at 2:23

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