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What is the PERMISSIONS command? Where's it go?


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:'( I'm installing osCommerce, but I get to this point and the installation fails, it's telling me:


The configuration files do not exist, or permission levels are not set.


Please perform the following actions:

cd /var/www/vhosts/zzorks.org/httpdocs/catalog/includes/

touch configure.php

chmod 706 configure.php

cd /var/www/vhosts/zzorks.org/httpdocs/catalog/admin/includes/

touch configure.php

chmod 706 configure.php


I've created these files and inserted them in httpdocs/catalog/includes/configure.php, using 706 or 777 and the message stays and I can't continue.


Here's the files I've tried:


chmod 706 configure.php

chmod 706 configuration.php

chmod $catalog, $706

chmod $admin, $706


I tried the first two, together, and used 706, but it didn't work, I tried 777 and it didn't work.

I tried the last two, together, and used 777 and 706 and it didn't work.

I tried all four together, using 777 and they didn't work.


I inserted the command as listed in the file httdocs/catalog/includes/configure.php and also in the file httpdocs/catalog/admin/includes/configuration.php but it's not working for me?


:blink: Does anyone know what is (are) the correct command (s) and where they should be installed?


Thanks for your help,


Best regards,



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The file should contain

chmod('catalog/includes/configure.php', 0444); 

Place it in your root to run it.



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Ok-I did it, I Got past the "PERMISSIONS-chmod-Configuration files do not exist issue"


Here's what I did to get past the "Configuration files do not exist, or

permission levels are not set" scenario:


I used Bill110's contribution:


"navigate to the file and right click, set as read only.(assuming this is the

configure.php file we are talking about....and do like I do use FTP.

Right click on file and select chmod."


and I combined that with Vger's contribution:


"To 'chmod' the file using another file, do this:Create a new text document on your

desktop and rename it to chmod.php.

Put this code in it:CODE<?phpchmod ("includes/configure.php", 0444);?>Upload it to

the root of your website and go to it in a browser

e.g. http://www.yourdomain.com/chmod.php - you won't see anything but it shuld change

the permissions. Delete the 'chmod' file after using.Vger"


and also another contribution by Vger:


"On a Windows box the correct permissions for configure.php files is probably 644.

Trying to change them via FTP won't work, bcause the CHMOD function is specific to Apache

servers - so you'll need to use the File Manager in your web hosting control panel

(Plesk, cPanel, Ensim) to change the permissions.Vger"


I applied both of these and the installation continued without a hitch, very well done Vger!!

Hats off to you!


NO ENTRIES WERE MADE IN THE configure.php or configuration.php files, I DELETED THE PREVIOUS

entries I had made.


:thumbsup: Thanks for the great support everyone. Lotta knowleageable people in this forum.


Best regards,



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Part of the reason I like a Mac platform! It's just like Linux for dummies ;)


I can even access my LAMP server via FTP (well, as of last weekend after spending a day getting the new machine working ahahah)



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