No chance to update on my local machine and on my live site. On the staging site it works but that's the same server as the live site.

I've cleared the caches and checked the logs.

Local there is only this error:

2016/06/19 19:41:01 [error] [application] Error in Craft\Et::phoneHome. Message: Cannot overwrite an existing license.key file.

But I run the site in DEV Mode.

Any ideas? I'm a bit unhappy about it :/

Best David

  • Looks like Craft doesn't have write permission, which is usually caused by incorrect permissions... How are you running the server locally? Vagrant? MAMP? Commented Jun 19, 2016 at 23:35
  • With MAMP. You mean this is a Mamp Setting? But why it works on my staging server and not on live? They run on the Same Hoster. Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 7:27
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    Have you tried removing the key? You don't need it in dev mode but I'm guessing the permissions problem is what's causing the issue on LIVE. Commented Jun 21, 2016 at 14:53

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You're getting that error message because there is an existing craft/config/license.key file in place for your local installation and there is no record of that install on the Craft/web service end. Likely you've just copied an existing license.key file from another site into this new installation.

So the web service on the Craft end thinks that since it's a new Craft client installation it needs to send down a new license.key file for you to start using. But the Craft client knows it should never overwrite an existing license.key file, so it reports that error.

Solution: remove the existing license.key file (since it probably belongs to another site anyway) and let the web service generate a new one for you.

  • Ok, i try that. remove the key from local and staging and live. And what you mean with webservice? :) Sorry :/ Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 15:48
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    No worries... the web service (elliott.craftcms.com) is the server on our end that all Craft client installations talk to for license verification, update checks, etc.
    – Brad Bell
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 17:33
  • I've deleted the license.key on my local machine and checkt for updates but same message again. And he creates a new license.key file. Here my hearty config: $envs = array( 'dev' => 'craft.xxx.dev', 'stage' => 'staging.xxx.com', 'prod' => 'xxx.com,www.xxx.com,live.xxx.com', ); Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 20:16
  • Haha OK. On my live site now it comes this: You’re running Craft Pro with a Craft Personal license. Resolve -> What I must do now? :/ Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 20:25
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    Probably be better is we took this over to [email protected]. Can you shoot an email there with the domain name of the live site?
    – Brad Bell
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 20:30

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