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I am trying to install drupal 8.1 on a CentOS linux machine as root user. I am getting "The directory sites/default/files is not writable." error. Before that, I had to manually create the sites/default/files folder. I have even changed the permission to 777 for all files and folder in "sites" and its sub folders and 'root' is owner of all files and folders/subfolders.

-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 5997 Apr 27 05:28 default.services.yml
-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 29105 Apr 27 05:28 default.settings.php
drwxrwxrwx. 2 root root 6 Apr 27 05:45 files
-rwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 29105 Apr 27 05:40 settings.php

How can I fix this issue?

  • Maybe there are some access restrictions on the Apache (or nginx) user writing to the directory even with the 777? – mradcliffe Apr 27 '16 at 13:50
  • Is selinux running? Check ls -Zon these directories. – cilefen Apr 27 '16 at 14:59
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Install the drupal using virtual host, it will be help to manage all the permissions.
Here i'm giving an example of a virtual host file with some permissions which might help you install the site.

    <Directory "/var/www/html/mysite">

    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks Includes ExecCGI
        AllowOverride All
        Require all granted
        Allow from all

    </Directory>

    ServerName mysite.local
    ServerAlias www.mysite.local
    DocumentRoot /var/www/html/mysite
    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

</VirtualHost>

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