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XF 1.3 data / internal_data not writable..


Active member
Been a while since I tried xF.

Before I can even begin the install process, it proclaims:

The directory /var/www/(domain.tld)/internal_data must be writable. Please change the permissions on this directory to be world writable (chmod 0777). If the directory does not exist, please create it.

Both the data and internal_data directories exist, at chown'd to 0777 AND are owned by the user that nginx and php-fpm run as.

This seems pretty broken. How can I either bypass this check or get 1.3.6 to recognize that these directories are, in fact, writable?


XenForo developer
Staff member
The check is a really basic check that's part of the system-level functions. If it is saying it can't write to the directories, PHP will fail to write to them when it actually comes to that. As such, bypassing doesn't make sense. It will recognize that they're writable as soon as they are.

If you're positive that the permissions on the directory on correct, it could be something like SELinux permissions blocking the writes.