I have just installed XML Sitemap on a EC2 drupal 8 instance. I am seeing the following error message in the admin report status page:

XML sitemap cache directory
Not found or not writable
The directory public://xmlsitemap was not found or is not writable by the server.
See http://drupal.org/node/34025 for more information.

The provided link is broken. I have done some reading and created a /xmlsitemap directory in /var/www/html (which is the root of my drupal installation). I chmod it to give rwx access to everyone (a+).

But, the issue remains. I cannot generate the cache files.

How can I solve this issue?

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    Shouldn't the public://xmlsitemap point to sites/default/files/xmlsitemap in this case or is this only true for drupal 7? Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 12:34
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    @Cyclone is correct, that is the default path for public://
    – Berdir
    Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 12:37
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    You should also be able to check the path through running the following drush command from the root of your installation: drush vget file_public_path or running the following query against your database SELECT * FROM variable WHERE name = 'file_public_path' Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 12:39
  • I get a Command variable-get requires Drupal core version 6 or 7 to run. when running Drush. I am checking for the query solution. Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 12:51
  • Just to resolve the above issue, under drupal 8 you should instead be able to use drush config-get file_public_path to get the path to the public files folder. Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 13:06

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I found the file_public_path value from the /admin/config/media/file-system page. It was set to sites/default/files, relative to the installation path.

I checked permissions and noticed some writting permissions were missing (the directory was already created). I sudo chmod a+w xmlsitemap/ and that solved the issue.

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