WebDAV to the rescue?

16 Dec 2003

Paul R. Potts

So I’m trying to use WebDAV to publish blog entries more easily. I can mount the WebDAV-ified directory on my MacOS X 10.3 desktop and read and write to it. This should be a natural for letting me save blog entries directly to the server, right?

Except that when my ISP’s server “WebDAV-ifies” a directory, it gets chown’ed and chgrp’ed to a special Apache user. Permissions are drastically reduced, and I no longer have the ability to change anything from the command line. If I put a symbolic link from my weblog data directory to a “WebDAV-ified” directory, blosxom doesn’t have permission to follow the link, because as a CGI it is run by suexec as if it were “thepotts,” that is, my login, which doesn’t have any privileges on the “WebDAV-ified” directory.

Gag. If anyone knows of a way around this, please drop me a note. I’m also asking my ISP. Why can’t we all just get along? Panther will mount the appropriate volume on my desktop as an FTP server, and that’s wonderful, but the Finder won’t write to FTP servers. I’m fed up with crappy, slow FTP client applications with poor user interfaces and strange bugs and freeze-ups.. I could do it all with command-line tools, and maybe automate it, but it just seems to me that there must be better ways to spend my time!

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