The error message “Warning: I am able to write into the configuration file…” appears when the permissions on your includes/your_template/configure.php zen cart file are set to 777 (Read, write, and execute). If you are using Windows, it means that there are no attributes selected in the file properties. This is a security risk, but can be fixed easily.
If you are using Linux or Unix, go to your includes/your_template directory, and run the command “chmod 444 configure.php”. You can do this via command line, an FTP program, or in your Cpanel using the file manager tool.
If you are using Windows, open the includes/your_template directory, right click on the configure.php file, and select “Read Only”.
What Do Zen Cart File Permissions Mean?
File permissions or access rights apply to specific users and groups of users. These systems control the ability of the users to view or make changes to the contents of the filesystem.
The read permission grants the ability to read a file. When set for a directory, this permission grants the ability to read the names of files in the directory (but not to find out any further information about them such as contents, file type, size, ownership, permissions, etc.)
The write permission grants the ability to modify a file. When set for a directory, this permission grants the ability to modify entries in the directory. This includes creating files, deleting files, and renaming files.
The execute permission grants the ability to execute a file. This permission must be set for executable binaries (for example, a compiled C++ program) or shell scripts (for example, a Perl program) in order to allow the operating system to run them. When set for a directory, this permission grants the ability to access file contents and metainfo if its name is known, but not list files inside the directory (unless read is set).
When a permission is not set, the rights it would grant are denied. Permissions on a Unix system (recommended for running a zen cart) are not inherited. Files created within a directory will not necessarily have the same permissions as that directory.
Read more about file permissions in the Wikipedia article.
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