[wp-hackers] Haven't installed WordPress yet - run install.php

Robert Deaton false.hopes at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 03:38:41 GMT 2005

If the databases are messed up, having a backup of your home directory
is useless.... Reverting to a backup of your home directory would do
nothing towards restoring a working WordPress system.

On 8/18/05, Roy Schestowitz <r at schestowitz.com> wrote:
> Quoting Andy Skelton:
> > On 8/18/05, Lorelle VanFossen wrote:
> >> Due to an unannounced security change with my server, for hours now
> >> people visiting my site have been greeted with:
> >>
> >>    " It doesn't look like you've installed WP yet. Try running
> >> install.php <http://www.cameraontheroad.com/wp-admin/install.php>."
> >>
> >> I have updated the password for access to my server, but it seems this
> >> security change has borked access to my database but I can't gain access
> >> to the database because the server is updating whatever it is that is
> >> screwing up access.  So for HOURS this has been sitting there.
> >
> > Relle, that message is generated in index.php, long before WP tries to
> > connect to your database. If it had failed to connect to the database,
> > WP would have said so.
> >
> > The error above is only presented when index.php is unable to find
> > wp-config.php. This can be due to a missing file but more likely, the
> > file is sitting there with the wrong owner/group/permissions.
> >
> > I realize you are having issues with your host and that they are
> > database-related but I didn't want any misconceptions about that error
> > message to survive this thread.
> >
> > Andy
> Have you got a recent back-up of your home directory? One of the major
> powers of
> a paranoid backup scheme is the ability to solve this particular type of
> problems at ease. It's a matter of brute-force (bandwidth), not fiddling. Put
> differently, rather than beating the bushes, you should be able to just
> restore
> all files or graft the blog's parent directory.
> It is also where the separation between the data(base) and the
> application makes
> WordPress a wonderful package. Backup is valuable for restoration as
> well as the
> ability to revert back to a working state shall something go wrong...
> Hope it helps,
> Roy
> --
> Roy S. Schestowitz
> http://Schestowitz.com
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--Robert Deaton

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