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cPanel - Creating and Managing Files "Above Root"

I can't create 'em, can't see 'em and am wondering if I ever will

     
8:33 pm on Dec 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm boggled.

When I login to CPanel and click on the "File Manager" icon the file manager appears incapable of displaying or creating files or directories "above root". Yet, I'm told that certain files or directories must be placed about root.

Am I correct that CPanel's File Manager has this limitation - that it can't display or work with files "above root" - and, if so, how do I create a directory or file "above root" - using CPanel?

Sorry if there's a simple answer to this. I've looked and searched for awhile and must keep missing it.

P.S. Apologies if this belongs here or in the Apache or Linux forums or elsewhere. I did a site search and found CPanel threads all over the place. :(

[edited by: Webwork at 8:38 pm (utc) on Dec. 11, 2008]

6:52 am on Dec 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Do you mean above the Web root? I guess that depends on the host's setup. I just checked one of my hosts that runs cPanel 11, and from the File Manager I get a popup that lets me go as high as the Home Directory of my account. That's as far as I can go even with an FTP client as well.

Can you see the folder that houses your web site(s)? Can you get above that?

2:23 pm on Dec 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Bill, after clicking the File Manager icon in CPanel and launching File Manager below is everything I see on screen:


File Manager

Click on a folder icon to navigate.
Click on a name to view its properties.

/ (Current Folder)
Create New Folder

Upload file(s)

.cpanel700
.fantasticodata755
.htpasswds750
.trash700
access-logs750
etc750
mail770
public_ftp755
public_html750
tmp755
www750
Create New File
.bash_logout0 k0644
.bash_profile0 k0644
.bashrc0 k0644
.contactemail0 k0600
.lang0 k0644
.lastlogin0 k0600
license.txt


CPanel info: cPanel Build 11.23.6-RELEASE 27698

This is a virtual server and I'm the (shoddy) WHM/CP admin.

WHM settings as follows:

Default Home Directory IS /home
* Enter the location where you wish for new users' home directories to be created. By default all directories matching the "Home Directory Prefix" are checked for available disk space and the directory with the most free space will be used.

Home Directory Prefix IS home
Additional home directories matching the following value will also be used for new home directory creations. This option only takes one value. A blank value disables this feature.

I'm hoping for an "Ah-ha!" moment. The lightbulb simply isn't going on for me. Thanks to anyone who can find the switch. ;0)

[edited by: Webwork at 2:46 pm (utc) on Dec. 12, 2008]

7:33 am on Dec 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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That looks well above the web root to me. Your webroot at that host would probably be in the public_html750 folder. Your webs would probably be created in folders in there.
4:12 pm on Dec 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thank you Bill.

I thought that "/" was synonymous with "root" of a domain's virtual server and since / = "Current Folder" there had to be a way to access higher levels in the dedicated server's directory structure.

[edited by: Webwork at 4:13 pm (utc) on Dec. 15, 2008]