Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I've installed a CMS on a shared host running Apache, now when I try to delete the root directory, some sub-directories are left with a "Permission denied" error and I can't change their attributes.

the best explanation I've got is that the CMS installer has placed the files and has assigned its ownership to the Apache server instead of my user name.

so how to delete those directories ?

share|improve this question
Which CMS are you using ? – Vivek Varghese Cherian Apr 24 '10 at 6:47

Assuming your CMS was written in PHP (as is often the case in shared hosting), you could install a PHP filemanager, invoke that using a browser and then inspect the files/directories.

If the CMS installer indeed changed the permissions, your filemanager should now be able to do that too.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.