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no wp-config file (20 posts)

  1. Zac
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    Well.. I havent made it too far. I have done countless WP installs but this is my first MU. I made the first mistake of creating a config file.. I learned that is wrong and deleted that. I set the permissions to the root and contents folder to 777 but now I can not navigate past the Create a Configuration File page. I click and nothing happens. Any idea on how I can move to step 2 ?

  2. Zac
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    Reading a bit more it seems that this is because the MU install is sub to a root WP install. It looks like I could disable some of my root files during install to make it work but I am afraid I am going to bone my whole site.

  3. TonyBrown
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    I'm having the same problem. I've installed Word Press numerous time without the friggin headache MU is giving me. I need to eventually be able to use BuddyPress but can't get past the

    "There doesn't seem to be a wp-config.php file. I need this before we can get started.

    Create a Configuration File" error message" I can't get past this screen. Any ideas?

  4. MrBrian
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    If wpmu doesn't create the config file, it's because it can't. You either need the root folder permissions as 777 or I believe you might be able to create an empty wp-config.php file and chmod it 777 for the install, then chmod the permission back afterwards for security reasons.

  5. bizref
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    I don't understand why the wp-config.php file isn't even showing up in the unpacked zip file that I downloaded ... isn't there just a wp-config.php file I can upload from somewhere else?

    Changing permissions to 777 doesn't move me past the "There doesn't seem to be a wp-config.php file. I need this before we can get started." error: and it just keeps refreshing this page, doesn't move forward when I click "create a config file"

    I tried creating a blank config file but got a fatal error message regarding the blog-header.php or something, line 20 ... so that didn't work.

    I don't get where the file is ...? It's not even on my hard drive...?

  6. SteveAtty
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    bizref - there isn't one. Its created on the fly by the install process. A blank file will probably confuse it.

    You must have something set incorrectly on your server somewhere.

  7. GrunerNet
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    I've been having the exact same problem, and it definitely was not a permissions problem, as all the relevant files and directories are owned by the user/group that apache is running as. Some test php scripts that created dummy files proved that.

    The problem, layed out again, is the following. After unpacking wordpress-mu, and pointing a browser to that location, a page comes up saying simply this:

    "There doesn't seem to be a wp-config.php file. I need this before we can get started."

    It also has a button saying "Create a Configuration File", but when this is pressed, nothing happens.

  8. GrunerNet
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    Ok I stepped through it and found the problem.

    It turns out this will only happen if you have an already existing wp-config.php file in the directory just below the installation directory. This was happening to me because I had an installation of wordpress in the root folder, and it had its wp-config.php file there.

    The problem is with a single line (ver 2.7):
    In the file wp-blog-header.php, this line searches for two possible wp-config.php files:

    if ( !file_exists( dirname(__FILE__) . '/wp-config.php') && !file_exists( dirname( dirname(__FILE__) ) . '/wp-config.php')) {

    I guess this problem could be fixed by changing this line to:

    if ( !file_exists( dirname(__FILE__) . '/wp-config.php') ) {

    I haven't tried that myself. I simply moved my root wordpress installation somewhere else temporarily.

  9. dainismichel
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    Hi GrunerNet, that code snippet worked. Ain't that cool? If you like, get in touch with me through the contact form at http://www.music-composition-studio.com and I will paypal you a buck or two!

    Thanks for posting an effective solution!

    Best,
    Dainis

  10. NnamdiOkeke
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    Thanx GrunerNet,
    nice pointout there.

    Well, i just changed the '&&' there to an 'OR'.

    Didn't have much time to investigate the code.
    But do think this way, it should work with
    subdomain mode and otherwise.

  11. chickenandporn
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    Grab my RPM if it helps; or rebuild it yourself. Download details and rebuild details are at:

    http://tech.b.chickenandporn.com/2009/03/27/wordpress-mu-27-5-rpm/

    All it does is get around the concern of "did I copy it all there right?", but my installing into wordpress-mu, it should avoid/preserve your single-user install. You can even configure to use the same database, which I've done to show off old-vs-new themes and such.

  12. nickdunny
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    Word.
    I finally signed up to wp.org forums, and mostly just to thank GrunerNet for the tip.

  13. herbigidea
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    Thank you! It worked!!!

  14. mfalado
    Member
    Posted 13 years ago #

    Hi GrunerNet, buddy you save my life. Thanks vary much. Sorry for my poor english, im a brazilian, but a need reinforce you help.

    Congratulations.

  15. phxwebguy
    Member
    Posted 12 years ago #

    @GrunerNet Props. You rock! Thanks.

  16. pablogt
    Member
    Posted 12 years ago #

    if ( !file_exists( dirname(__FILE__) . '/wp-config.php') ) {

    This worked for as well... thank you GrunerNet

  17. whataboutki
    Member
    Posted 12 years ago #

    GrunerNet you are a God among men.

  18. TruSktr
    Member
    Posted 12 years ago #

    Wow, I would have been stuck on this for DAYS. Thanks GrunerNet! You'd think Auttomatic would fix this...

  19. dctag
    Member
    Posted 12 years ago #

    I love you GrunerNet You are a great man/woman and imho should be the one that got the Nobel Peace prize :-)

  20. andrea_r
    Moderator
    Posted 12 years ago #

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