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7:47 pm on May 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ok, remember the discussion about blogging? [webmasterworld.com...] Itís been a while I know but Iím finally trying to get this going and, well go figure but itís technical. You all know by now that I hire techieís cause Iím a technical idiot. Iím assuming here that Iím not the only one so hopefully someone will jump in and help me out.

What does this mean?

CHMOD the files "gm.cgi", "gm-karma.cgi", "gm-comments.cgi", and "gm-upload.cgi" to 755, and CHMOD all the other .cgi files to 666.
And this
CHMOD the index.htm file (or whatever you've renamed it to) to 666.
CHMOD your entries/archives directory to 777.

So, what the heck is a CHMOD? Iím sure I need to know this, and my life will be fuller and Iíll be smarter for having this info in my head.

So thanks and donít hold this against me folks. There is only so much anyone should have to know in life.


7:56 pm on May 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member digitalghost is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

You need to change the permissions on your files and the directory.

777: all can read/write/exec

755: owner can do all, group/others can read/exec

644: owner can read/write, group/others can read only

What FTP client are you using?

CHMOD is unix speak for "change mode"
You can shell in to change permissions or if you are using a client like Ws_Ftp you can change permissions from the FTP client.



8:16 pm on May 25, 2002 (gmt 0)


8:17 pm on May 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ok DG, thatís a terrific answer but I still donít know what you are saying. Iím using WS ftp_95LE.

What does ďchange the permissions on your filesĒ mean and how do I do that?

Ugh - I hate this - really I do but I DO want to learn or I'd just hire you to do it. Hopefully some other techie illiterate like me needs the same help, I can only hope I'm not the only one.


8:20 pm on May 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ok NFFC - I read that and I don't want to learn it or do it, I just want the blogger working. So, do I move this to Commercial Exchange or is someone going to offer to jump in and save me quickly - ugh!


8:23 pm on May 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member digitalghost is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Okay, with WS_FTP95le all you need to do is highlight a file or directory, then right click. The pop-up menu will include a chmod (UNIX) listing. Click that and the Remote File Permissions menu will appear.

Then it is just a matter of checking the appropriate box and clicking Okay.

After you click okay, in the lower left corner of the WSFTP GUI, you'll see the permission value displayed.


brotherhood of LAN

8:24 pm on May 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hi paynt

im using the same FTP so this should help :)

just log into your site using FTP, right click on these files that need to be "CHMOD'ed". Down near the bottom is the option..should say "CHMOD (Unix)

I dunno if you get a different interface on UNIX servers (i think you do) but you will get the choice to apply read/write/execute paramteters to the file you highlight. Basically just change the files to what yer told to :)

Hope thats easy enough


8:26 pm on May 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ok, but where is this 755 and 666?


8:28 pm on May 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member digitalghost is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

That's why I sent you the link to the CHMOD calculator. :)



8:31 pm on May 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

DG is going to fix this for me and bless him. For those of you that find yourself in the same position - well, sometimes it's not worth learning yourself ;)

Kudos and blessings to DG!


8:49 pm on May 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Wow, this was so timely. I was just installing greymatter and ran into the chmod step. I've never had to deal with it before, so this thread was just perfect.

Thanks everyone.


1:29 pm on May 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

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O'Reilly are offering a public review [oreillynet.com] copy of 'Essential Blogging' (due for release August).

According to the blurb: "Aimed at a technology-literate O'Reilly audience, Essential Blogging shows how to install and use the major weblog tools: Blogger, Radio Userland, Blosxom, and Movable Type."

"...coworkers who haven't discovered blogging yet--they know how to work their computer, they've seen a couple of blogs and figure they want to run one themselves. You should be able to give them this book and it'll educate them about choices of software and hosting, walk them through installing and using their chosen software."

Unfortunately, and "what the hell?", there appears to be nothing on Greymatter (it must be an error), unless it's changed its name to Blosxom :). But for those using other software, this might be a worthwhile download. It's about 4.5MB.


7:17 am on May 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

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With reference to the post above on 'Essential Blogging', Ed Murray [edmurray.org], who has read the thing (I've not had the time), makes the following observations.

"the chapters on Blogger and Movable Type are pretty damn thorough...the chapters on Radio appear to be a mess (so far, at least - i'd be pretty hesitant to try the product after reading this), but dave's on it. but all of these chapters serve more as in-depth installation documents/help files more than as what i was hoping this book would be: an in-depth survey of blogging software."

"where are the charts comparing advantages/disadvantages of each system? the first radio chapter attemtped to show pros/cons of having your site hosted by rcs or on your own...but only for that system! an entire chapter comparing the relative merits of each system against the others is almost a necessity, no?"

"and how can the book claim to cover all the "major weblog tools" and not include systems like greymatter, pitas and live journal? are they really "beyond the scope of the book" as claimed in the intro? and if so, why? i'd have rather seen a chapter outlining these other systems - however briefly - than two chapters each on the other systems. if, that is, o'reilly really is shooting for that "computer literate coworkers who may want to start their own blog audience..."

Seems O'Reilly's in it for a quick buck. No greymatter, pitas, or live journal. Not exactly a comprehensive overview of the major blogging tools in my book - and that's one that I have read :).


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