Im attempting to install Drupal 7 on a VM (CentOS 6.4 x64). I have copied all the files from the tar.gz to /var/www/html (after installing Apache ). I managed to solve most of the PHP issues but it's still complaining about some permissions problems.


The directory sites/default/files is not writable. An automated attempt to create 
   this directory failed, possibly due to a permissions problem. 

I set the whole Drupal install to chown -R apache:apache and the path in question is set via chmod -R oug+rw sites.

It's also complaining about:

The Drupal installer requires write permissions to ./sites/default/settings.php 
   during the installation process. 

The file is set to 666 and the path is wide open.

Clearly I'm missing something obvious here. Suggestions?

  • Are you sure PHP is running as apache? It might not be if you are using suphp, or several other methods to launch php. – Zoredache Sep 18 '13 at 17:38
  • I installed it using yum install php. I don't see any account(s) for it in \etc\passwd. Somewhere else to check? – ethrbunny Sep 18 '13 at 17:40

Turns out that it's SELinux being helpful.

To fix:

setenforce 0
do the installation
setenforce 1

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