Successfully installed Craft on MAMP but whenever I load the dashboard, I get the error message "Unknown error occurred". The message clears after a few seconds. The CMS appears to be functioning correctly except when I create a Section, it only allows me to select Single as a type.

Can anyone shed light on this error?

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Chances are your craft/config folder isn't writable, but you can see the underlying error in your craft/config/storage/runtime/logs files. Just search for [error] or [warning].

  • If the system detects that the config folder isn't writable, could that be displayed as the flash message? "Unknown error" is pretty vague.
    – Lindsey D
    Aug 13, 2014 at 3:41
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    Possibly... installation usually catches it, but sometimes that doesn't work if the site developed, then deployed for the first time, for example.
    – Brad Bell
    Aug 13, 2014 at 3:43
  • True... when files get moved from Point A to Point B, often the permissions get screwed up. Just asking because I feel like that mysterious error message has snagged me at some point too. :)
    – Lindsey D
    Aug 13, 2014 at 3:46
  • I had craft/config set as 744. When I set it to 755, the error goes away.
    – Henry
    Aug 13, 2014 at 12:09

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