Failed to Open Stream: Permission Denied

Hi All,

I can’t seem to get the following code to work with a WordPress template. When I try to upload an avatar, I receive the following error:

Warning: copy(/admin.png) [function.copy]: failed to open stream: Permission denied in /home/user-name/domains/ on line 299 

I will add the number 299 in front of the appropriate line below. By any chance, does anyone see my goofheaded problem?

Thank you in advance!


############### text above says jpg only but png will work if the echos are corrected in other places ####
//define a maxim size for the uploaded images 10000 will turn into 1MB
define ("MAX_SIZE","10240");
// define the width and height for the thumbnail
// note that theese dimmensions are considered the maximum dimmension and are not fixed,
// because we have to keep the image ratio intact or it will be deformed
define ("WIDTH","80");
define ("HEIGHT","100");

// this is the function that will create the thumbnail image from the uploaded image
// the resize will be done considering the width and height defined, but without deforming the image
function make_thumb($img_name,$filename,$new_w,$new_h)
//get image extension.
//creates the new image using the appropriate function from gd library
if(!strcmp("jpg",$ext) || !strcmp("jpeg",$ext))


//gets the dimmensions of the image

// next we will calculate the new dimmensions for the thumbnail image
// the next steps will be taken:
// 1. calculate the ratio by dividing the old dimmensions with the new ones
// 2. if the ratio for the width is higher, the width will remain the one define in WIDTH variable
// and the height will be calculated so the image ratio will not change
// 3. otherwise we will use the height ratio for the image
// as a result, only one of the dimmensions will be from the fixed ones
if($ratio1>$ratio2) {
else {

// we create a new image with the new dimmensions

// resize the big image to the new created one

// output the created image to the file. Now we will have the thumbnail into the file named by $filename

//destroys source and destination images.

// This function reads the extension of the file.
// It is used to determine if the file is an image by checking the extension.
function getExtension($str) {
$i = strrpos($str,".");
if (!$i) { return ""; }
$l = strlen($str) - $i;
$ext = substr($str,$i+1,$l);
return $ext;

// This variable is used as a flag. The value is initialized with 0 (meaning no error found)
//and it will be changed to 1 if an errro occures. If the error occures the file will not be uploaded.
// checks if the form has been submitted
//reads the name of the file the user submitted for uploading
// if it is not empty
if ($image)
// get the original name of the file from the clients machine
$filename = stripslashes($_FILES['image']['name']);

// get the extension of the file in a lower case format
$extension = getExtension($filename);
$extension = strtolower($extension);
// if it is not a known extension, we will suppose it is an error, print an error message
//and will not upload the file, otherwise we continue
if (($extension != "jpg") && ($extension != "jpeg") && ($extension != "png"))
echo '<div align="center"><h2>Sorry, only jpeg, jpg, and png files are allowed!</h2></div>';
// get the size of the image in bytes
// $_FILES[\\'image\\'][\\'tmp_name\\'] is the temporary filename of the file in which the uploaded file was stored on the server

//compare the size with the maxim size we defined and print error if bigger
if ($sizekb > MAX_SIZE*1024)
echo '<div align="center"><h2>You\\'ve exceeded the 1MB size limit!</h2></div>';

//we will give an unique name, for example the time in unix time format
$image_name= $current_user->user_login.'.'.$extension; //time().'.'.$extension;
//the new name will be containing the full path where will be stored (images folder)
$newname= get_option('upload_path'). '/' . $image_name;
*299* $copied = copy($_FILES['image']['tmp_name'], $newname);
//we verify if the image has been uploaded, and print error instead
if (!$copied)
echo '<div align="center"><h2>Sorry, the copy was unsuccessful!</h2></div>';
// the new thumbnail image will be placed in images/thumbs/ folder
$thumb_name= get_option('upload_path') . '/' . $image_name;
// call the function that will create the thumbnail. The function will get as parameters
//the image name, the thumbnail name and the width and height desired for the thumbnail
// rename it to use above as global
$fullurl = $wpurl.'/wp-content/uploads/';
$new_thumb_name = $fullurl.$image_name;
$giveme = "<img src='".$new_thumb_name."'>";

}} }}
//If no errors registred, print the success message and show the thumbnail image created
if(isset($_POST['Submit']) && !$errors)
global $new_thumb_name, $no_errors, $errors, $giveme, $hooray;
$hooray = "Thumbnail created Successfully!";
echo '<div align="center"><h2>Thumbnail Created Successfully!</h2><br />You may have to refresh the page to see the new image.</div>';
//echo "<img src='".$new_thumb_name."'>";
$no_errors = ($errors == 0);
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">'<?php echo $no_errors; ?>','<?php echo $new_thumb_name; ?>');
<!-- ####################  end upload script   ######################### -->

<?php } } ?> 

Is the upload folder writable?

If I’m reading the code correctly, is /images/thumbs off the root directory? Or is it the root directory?

For both of those folders, I chmod-ed them to 777. Unfortunately, the error persisted.

Perhaps it’s writing to a different folder (and I’m not reading the code right)?

A friend said it might be a javascript error? Personally, I didn’t see where that would come into play…

Thanks again,


The script gets the path through: get_option(‘upload_path’)
To know the value, just echo it.
If it starts with ‘/’, it means it starts from the root folder.

Oop! It turned out to be a WordPress configuration error. I needed to add the upload directory to the Miscellaneous section of the Settings. I am sorry for wasting anyone’s time!

Thank you for the post, Guido. :slight_smile: