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Problem with Wordpress Installation

1:15 am on Oct 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I was using Fantastico in Cpanel to install Wordpress. I did the first step (filled out user, password, default folder, etc.). Then, when I got to the second step where it would create the database, I stopped. Got started on something else. When I went back and tried to install it again, it gave an error.

So, I deleted all of the files and folders (except for the cgi-bin folder) in the root folder and tried to install it again via Fantastico. Still get the same error.

Then went into Fantasico, hit Wordpress, and removed the "unknown" installation that it had listed. Tried to install again and stil got the same error:

Here's the error I'm getting:

The installation can not be completed:

- You cannot install more than one script in the root directory of a domain.

Suggestions? I looked in MyPHPAdmin, and there is still a db in there with 10 tables, and it is definitely for the WP installation. Should I delete it? If so, how?

2:03 am on Oct 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Instead of just deleting files, if you use the uninstall feature in Fantastico then all files, including the database, are removed. Look again and see if the uninstall option is still available in Fantastico (after nuking files).

The Five Minute WP install really does take 5 minutes, and is very easy to use. I've started using that instead of Fantastico. With that install, you set up your database first with the name you choose, the admin name and password, and then do the WP install, providing it with the name you gave your database.

2:24 am on Oct 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks. I did try the uninstall feature via Fantastico, but it did not uninstall everything.

I did find the answer, though. I'm good to go now. Also, just updated to the latest version of WP.


This happens when the previous installation of a script in their root folder (primary or addon) was removed manually without using Fantastico to remove it, or Fantastico itself may not have removed the previous installation completely.

This can be corrected by logging into Cpanel, clicking on "File Manager" then on the folder icon next to .fantasticodata then clicking on the filename installed_in_root.php and removing the section of code that applies to the root in question.

An example would be:

$installed_in_root["domain.com"] = 1;

After this is removed, the script should then be able to be installed in the root of the primary domain or addon domain.