How do I fix the permissions on my html directory and files?

Using the Account Management Site

To fix the permissions on your html directory on Eniac:

  1. Visit Personal Homepage.
  2. Check the Configure My Account for Webpages box.
  3. Click the Submit button.

This will:

Note: This tool is limited and will not attempt to fix the permissions on all files in an existing site. If there are still errors, it may be necessary to address them individually. See the steps below for examples.

Using WS_FTP

If you are using WS_FTP and the permissions of the files are not -rw-r--r-- (644) or -rw-rw-r-- (664):

  1. Right-click on a file.
  2. Select File Attributes.
  3. Click on Read in the category Public Permissions and in the category Group Permissions.

This will allow the file to be readable by any user on the system, including the web server user, which is needed in order to view your web page. In a similar way you can change your directory permissions to -rwxr-xr-x, (755).

Using UNIX

Log into the SEAS account on and run these commands to fix the basic permissions for your website:

chmod a+x ~
chmod a+rx html
chmod a+r html/index.html

You may also need to fix the permissions on other files and directories recursively, following this example for the ~/html/images directory and its files:

find ~/html/images -type d -exec chmod a+rx {} +
find ~/html/images -type f -exec chmod a+r {} +

Warning: These commands will make all affected files readable on the Internet and to other accounts on the system. Take care not to inadvertently expose sensitive information.

It usually not necessary to make the cgi-bin, wiki or wordpress directories publicly readable, as CGI/PHP applications are configured to run as the account that owns the files on SEAS web servers.

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