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Cannot edit Setup in Journal

Postby kwelna » Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:58 pm


I have a journal that has been working well for a few years, but recently I have been getting a "forbidden error" whenever I try to edit anything The Look > Setup it comes up saying "Forbidden: You don't have permission to access /index.php on this server." This happens when I press the save button on any of the Setup pages.

Curiously, It was working till very recently and this a sudden change. I would like to try to troubleshoot this but don't know where to start, which directory could it be complaining about? I am on a shared hosting environment, running LAMP. Could this be caused by PHP versions i.e. if my host upgraded their php install?

Any clues would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Cannot edit Setup in Journal

Postby asmecher » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:38 am

Hi Karina,

See http://pkp.sfu.ca/support/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=7000 (and please don't double-post; we'll get to your posts as soon as we can).

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