Uploaded files can't be moved

I created an upload program that allows users to upload a file to my server. I used the PEAR HTTP/Upload.php function to write it to a directory named upload, which has 777 permission.

The files upload fine, but if I try to use an ftp program to move them to my laptop, I get a "Permission denide. Error code 3" error

This happens with zip files, .doc files and ai files.

Any idea why?

My processing code is below
set_time_limit (3000);
ini_set('post_max_size', 155555555);

$abpath = "/home/myuser/public_html/uploads/"; //Absolute path to where images are uploaded. 
require 'HTTP/Upload.php';
$upload = new HTTP_Upload('en'); // Language for error messages
$file = $upload->getFiles('userfile'); // return a file object or error
if (PEAR::isError($file)) { die ($file->getMessage());}// Check if the file is a valid upload
$properties = $file->getProp();
$extension = $file->getProp('ext');
if ($file->isValid()) { // this method will return the name of the file you moved, // useful for example to save the name in a database 
$file_name = $file->moveTo($abpath); 
if (PEAR::isError($file_name)) {  die ($file_name->getMessage()); }}

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Phil PhillipsConnect With a Mentor Director of DevOps & Quality AssuranceCommented:
Easiest way would be to log into the server as root, and chmod the files.

If you can't... then you can just run the following script through the web:
$abpath = "/home/myuser/public_html/uploads";

if ($handle = opendir($abpath))
   $files = readdir($handle);
   while (false !== ($file = readdir($handle)))
      if (is_file("$abpath/$file"))
         chmod("$abpath/$file", 0666);

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
PHP functions thru a web server are a different 'user' than you are.  Check to see if you are the 'owner' of the files.
Loganathan NatarajanLAMP DeveloperCommented:
what OS r u using? windows? you need to check the file permission on OS level.
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birwinAuthor Commented:
Dave Baldwin: How do I check if I am classed as an owner of the file?

logudotcom: I am using windows 7 home premium 64 bit. How do I check the permissions at the OS level.

Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
If the server were a Unix server, it would show in the FTP listings.  I don't think it does on Windows though.  In Windows, I believe you can right click on the file name and select Properties and find the owner and permissions there.  "777 permission" is a Unix/Linux term, I don't think that it applies to Windows.
birwinAuthor Commented:
My server is a Linux box. It is a dedicated server running Centros 5 64bit. I am trying to copy the files to my Windows 7 64bit laptop, using WinSCP, although I also tried just using Explorer, and got the same errors. So the files are currently on the Linux box. The directory is 777, but the files show

The files themselves show as 660. If I try to change their permission level, I get the Error 3 Permission Denied. error.
Phil PhillipsDirector of DevOps & Quality AssuranceCommented:
After line 8, try adding this:

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This should give you 0666 (rw-rw-rw) for the files themselves.  You probably only need 0664 though, but try 0666 for now.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
That's a good sign that you're not the owner.  If you type "ls -al" at a command line in that directory, it will show you permissions and who the file owner and group are.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ls
birwinAuthor Commented:

That code works, and files uploaded with it in the code are able to be moved or downloaded.

Any idea how I can download the exiting files?
birwinAuthor Commented:
Brilliant. A perfect solution for my current problem and a fix for future uploads.

Thank you.
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