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Blogger “550 Permission Denied” Bug – SOLVED!

By Brian | December 11, 2006 | Share on Facebook

If you’re a Blogger user, as I am, you might have noticed recently that you were suddenly unable to post/modify entries to your blog, create new blogs, etc. For me, every publishing attempt was greeted with this message:

550 Permission denied on server. You are restricted to your account./2006/12/post_name.htm

A little Googling turned up this discussion, which has the correct fix buried in some of the later comments. Here’s what you need to do to get up & running again:

1) Login to Blogger
2) Go to the Settings Tab
3) Go to the Publishing sub-tab
4) The third field down should be FTP Path. It used to be blank, but now probably contains a “/”
5) Change it to “.” (without the quotes)
6) Click the Save Settings button
7) Note that the FTP Path field now reads “./” rather than the “.” you typed in. This is OK.
7) Republish the blog

Voila! Problem solved. Blogger is claiming they didn’t change anything, but that FTP Path field would not give up its slash. If I cleared the field out & then clicked “Save Settings,” the slash came back. Slash, as those who work with path names know, indicates the root of the path. When the field was blank, Blogger would publish to the root of the FTP Server’s specified path (first field on that screen). With the slash there, it was attempting to publish to the root of the FTP server itself, which most of us peons don’t have permission to use. “./” means the root of the current parent, which is the same as no path at all in this case, so it solves the problem.

When Blogger wakes up and realize they did change something, and then removes the code that automatically puts a slash at the end of the FTP Path, you may experience the probelm again (when your FTP Path suddenly turns to “.” instead of “./”). If that happens, reset it to blank, and you should be good to go again.

Happy blogging…

Topics: Tech Talk | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “Blogger “550 Permission Denied” Bug – SOLVED!”

  1. sheryl says at December 13th, 2006 at 1:59 pm :
    Thank you! This problem was driving me bananas until I came upon your post. Thanks for figuring this out!

  2. lauga says at December 13th, 2006 at 5:55 pm :
    you made my day :)

  3. RICK says at December 15th, 2006 at 3:32 pm :
    You are an asset to us all.

  4. Voodoo Child says at December 19th, 2006 at 10:03 pm :
    thank you SO much. I knew there was something wrong with that slash. i even went so far as to fix another website by moving the directory and everything. What a PAIN. If I knew all I had to do was this, I would have been saved 4 hours on a saturday trying to fix it.

    You are…the MAN! Or Woman just in case ;-)

  5. Gail says at December 21st, 2006 at 10:18 pm :
    Thanks a million!!

  6. numero_primo says at December 28th, 2006 at 4:50 am :
    whoa! dekita!
    Arigatou sooooo much!!

  7. Anonymous says at December 29th, 2006 at 11:15 am :
    I can’t thank you enough for posting this. It saved my life… or at least my weekend from being consumed by looking for the problem myself. Thanks again!

  8. Brian says at December 29th, 2006 at 3:04 pm :
    Happy to help, everyone.

    (And for Voodoo Child’s benefit: yes, I am male).

  9. Anonymous says at December 31st, 2006 at 1:40 pm :

  10. droid-1- says at January 18th, 2007 at 3:03 am :
    i was worried about my sleep 13 months after you all.. thank you thank you!! great work!

  11. Anonymous says at October 23rd, 2007 at 2:40 am :
    thank you thank you thank youuuuuuu


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