I am looking to use Omega Tools, and similar modules quite a bit in the near future, and I am running into this error when trying to create a subtheme using Omega Tools:

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I'm at least familiar with the concept of permissions, but I'm unfamiliar with what permission needs to be given to what. Also, is this something that should be done? I know that write permissions shouldn't be given willy-nilly.

Note: ygf is the directory for the site. The current permissions on the folder are rwxrwxr-xThe all folder, which is the default gives the same error.

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To work, the user that runs your web server needs to have write permissions to the target folder. Typically, you have a user that owns the files and then the web server runs as the group so permissions of 755 (ex. rwxr-xr-x) would work on most files except files/directory that drupal needs to write to (ex. files directory, or in this case, your themes folder).

What you need to do is either

  • change group ownership of the ygf folder above to the same user that runs your web server;
  • or - you can blow open the permissions to the folder (ex. chmod -R 777 ygf) temporarily and then switch it back after this operation.

Regardless, you're probably going want to remove the write permissions on this folder after omega tools has generated the sub theme. Omega Tools just needs this temporarily and it can be risky to have group-writable folders outside of the files directory.

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