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I've made another post regarding gitolite that I've resolved already but this is beginning to aggravate me. I can see that my files have read permissions but my error log continues to produce "Permission denied", "Failed opening ... for inclusion", and "Unknown: Failed opening required" errors.

On the website, mchat.php is displaying a blank page. I turned out error reporting but nothing came up.

[Sun Oct 31 17:21:05 2010] [error] [client] PHP Warning:
include(./mchat.php) [<a href='function.include'>function.include</a>]
: failed to open stream: Permission denied in /var/www/vhosts/website
.com/httpdocs/index.php on line 267

[Sun Oct 31 17:21:05 2010] [error] [client] PHP Warning:
include() [<a href='function.include'>function.include</a>]: Failed op
ening './mchat.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:') in /var/www/vhos
ts/website.com/httpdocs/index.php on line 267

[Sun Oct 31 17:21:07 2010] [error] [client] PHP Fatal e
rror:  Unknown: Failed opening required '/var/www/vhosts/website.com/
httpdocs/mchat.php' (include_path='.:') in Unknown on line 0

As you can see, I'm receiving three different errors. Is one of them causing the others?

ls -l returns:

-rw-r--r--  1 git psacln  8824 Oct 31 22:53 index.php
drwxr-xr-x  2 git psacln  4096 Oct 31 22:53 mchat
-rw-r--r--  1 git psacln 38964 Nov  1 00:02 mchat.php

Can anyone help?

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Please add output of 'ls -ald /', 'ls -ald /var', 'ls -ald /var/www' upto directory '/var/www/vhosts/website.com'. Also give output of 'getenforce –  Saurabh Barjatiya Nov 8 '10 at 10:05
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SELinux might be enabled. Either use

chcon -R -t httptd_sys_content_t <folder>


setenforce 0

If you do not use SELinux then you might consider disabling it permanently. Though learning/using it is always a good idea.

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I executed "chcon -R -t httpd_sys_content_t httpdocs" from root and got this: "chcon: httpdocs: Operation not supported" –  Gio Borje Nov 7 '10 at 17:53
I just disabled selinux and nothing happened. –  Gio Borje Nov 7 '10 at 22:07
Saurabh, your answer worked for my problem. I'm working with CentOS for the first time, and had a problem with a PHP webapp trying to move an uploaded file from /tmp to a directory under /var/mycompany. Calls to move_uploaded_file failed with the message "Permission denied", even though the destination directory existed, and was owned by the user as the httpd process. I invoked setenforce 0, and the problem was solved. I wasn't familiar with SELinux before, and didn't know to check for it. Thanks for the answer! –  Eric Rath Jan 25 '11 at 18:06
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