I am building a site on a CMS (modx) for a client who has not decided on their domain name. I have access to WHM so just set up an account with out pointing any domain name to it and began developing just using the URL


Everything seemed to be going well until I installed TinyMCE (the WYSIWYG text editor) which allows you to browse and upload images on the server and add them to page content. The editor worked fine but I just couldn't access any files on the web server.

Looking into the issue I saw that many files that were part of TinyMCE were non executalbe (644). I tried changing them but got a 550 error, eg:

550 Could not change perms on jquery-1.4.2.js: Operation not permitted

Could this be something to do with the way I am accessing the files on FTP? I am using the hosting servers IP address as the host, rather than a hostname.

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks

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    If you can't access any files on the server, then how is TinyMCE working fine? Also, TinyMCE is a JavaScript text editor. There's no reason for any of those files to be executable on the server. Jan 21, 2013 at 8:13
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    Note that if you are accessing the site via http://example.com/~newsite/, as opposed to http://realdomain.com/ then any root-relative client-side URLs are going to be referring to 1-folder level above the web root. You are better off setting some temporary domain.
    – MrWhite
    Jan 21, 2013 at 8:47

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A 550 FTP error means you don't have permission to perform a particular operation (write to a directory, modify a file, delete a file, change the permissions on a file, etc.). It has nothing to do with whether your files reside directly in the webroot of a domain or if it's under a subdirectory.

  • Comming back to this: Are you saying it would work if I changed the parent directories permissions?
    – MeltingDog
    Feb 19, 2013 at 23:13
  • You might actually find out what the safe file permissions should be in real life before changing them. Most combined php/javascript applications do not set execution on more than about 4 or 5 files. See comment from @w3d on your question. Mar 22, 2013 at 16:01

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