"Destination directory is not writable" error on our Omeka 2.6 instance


#1

Hi Folks,

We’ve noticed an issue with our Omeka instance (2.6)
When attempting to add images using our contribution plugin (http://wyndhamhistory.net.au/contribution) our users are getting the following error:

Destination directory is not writable: ‘/home/wyndhistory/public_html/files/original’.

Our web hosts checked that directory and it’s 755 and hasn’t changed for a while - can you think of anything CMS-related that would cause this?


#2

Who is your web host?

I encounter these issues when the Linux directory owner is not set to the apache user, such as www-data or apache. Depending on your host, you may not be able to actually see this level of detail in your directory structure.


#3

Thanks @benbakelaar I’ll pose that to them. Our web host is the State Library of Victoria (Australia)


#4

Ask them if they are running on a Windows server infrastructure or Linux. If I was guessing, I would choose Windows server, thus the permissions issue.


#5

Thanks @benbakelaar,

Confirming that the directory owner (it is a linux instance) is set to www-data
image
Any other thoughts on what could be causing this?


#6

Quick update to this, our web host migrated us to a server with newer architecture and this appears to have resolved the issue. Looks like it was server-related after all. Thanks for your help with this @benbakelaar


#7

Oh good! Given the picture they sent you, it appears it was not the issue that I guessed, but the only two issues I know of that impact the “destination directory not writable” are: chmod permissions and owner/group permissions. Glad you are functional now!