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Frank Vèssia

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thanks WillyC, I installed and for "now" the problem is solved, but soon I will have the same issue, there is no way to use multiple directories for "/files/" folder?

From this, I'm gathering that most of your directories in /files actually contain either images or files.  And though you just cleared out the empties, you're going to be hitting your max again soon. You need a way to circumvent Apache's file limit within any directory, like have a /file2 directory where new pages can store things. Correct?

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I've read the post but i didn't come up with any solution...

Have you checked my solution? It works. I have a site with > 200.000 pages each containing images and files.

One big disadvantage is that I needed to hack two core files. I'll open a GitHub issue with a proposal how this could

be implemented with hooks.

If you take a solution like mine, you'd need to write a script which creates the subfolders and moves the files for your existing site.

So for example:


must be translated to:
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Hi Sevarf2,

Here are my notes to the two files that were patched.

The PagefilesManager::url() method is hookable so theoretically there is no patch needed. But since I needed to hack that file anyway,

I did not use a hook.

Just ask here if you have any questions. I think it would be nice if the developer could define a specific strategy for saving the files (with Hooks). I will open an Issue on GitHub and provide a proposal to ryan.

Edit: I do not use pagefileSecure feature, and actually have no idea if it would work with those "hacks" ;)



function wireMkdir($path, $recursive = false) {
     //if(!is_dir($path)) return false;
     $chmodDir = wire('config')->chmodDir;
     if ($recursive && $chmodDir) {
          return @mkdir($path, octdec($chmodDir), true);
     if(!@mkdir($path)) return false;
     if($chmodDir) chmod($path, octdec($chmodDir));
     return true;


     static public function makeCustomPath(Page $page) {
          // Make subfolders per ID - always two digits (or one per folder)
          // Example: ID=1780, path = /site/assets/files/17/80/
          //          ID=19814, path = /site/assets/files/19/81/4/
          //          ID=205478, path = /site/assets/files/20/54/78/
          $tmpPath = '';
          $digits = str_split("{$page->id}");
          foreach ($digits as $k => $digit) {
               $tmpPath .= $digit;
               if (($k+1) % 2 == 0) $tmpPath .= '/';
          if (substr($tmpPath, -1) != '/') $tmpPath .= '/';
          return $tmpPath;


     protected function _createPath($path) {
          if(is_dir($path)) return true;
          return wireMkdir($path, true);


     static public function _path(Page $page) {
          $config = wire('config');
          $path = $config->paths->files;
          //$publicPath = $path . ((int) $page->id) . '/';     
          $tmpPath = self::makeCustomPath($page);
          $publicPath = $path . $tmpPath;
          $securePrefix = $config->pagefileSecurePathPrefix;
          if(!strlen($securePrefix)) $securePrefix = self::defaultSecurePathPrefix;

          // securePath has the page ID preceded with a prefix which PW's htaccess blocks http requests to
          //$securePath = $path . $securePrefix . ((int) $page->id) . '/';
          $securePath = $path . $securePrefix . $tmpPath;
          // we track this just in case the prefix was newly added to config.php, this prevents
          // losing track of the original directories
          //$securePath2 = $path . self::defaultSecurePathPrefix . ((int) $page->id) . '/';
          $securePath2 = $path . self::defaultSecurePathPrefix . $tmpPath; 

          [.. continue method...]



public function ___url() {
  return $this->config->urls->files . self::makeCustomPath($this->page); 

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dfunk, I don't think you are going to help getting S3 support by posting about it on every possible topic. One or two mentions should be enough.

Oops! Sorry about that. Didn't realise I was crossing the line there. I shall be more cognisant about that from now!  :)

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I quite like the idea of having a hookable method that would allow consistent path manipulation. If it could rewrite the entire path for a resource then perhaps it could even be used to support things like image delivery from a dedicated sub-domain etc.

Edit: Looks like Teppo & Ryan had a similar idea over here.

Edited by netcarver
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I don't have a migration script, because I've implemented this before starting the project :)

But should not be hard, I would do a command line script, bootstrap ProcessWire and then code something like this:

// Bootstrap Pw

// Make function wireMove, function mostly copied from wireCopy function
function wireMove($src, $dst) {

	if(substr($src, -1) != '/') $src .= '/';
	if(substr($dst, -1) != '/') $dst .= '/';

	$dir = opendir($src);
	if(!$dir) return false; 
	if(!wireMkdir($dst, true)) return false;

	while(false !== ($file = readdir($dir))) {
		if($file == '.' || $file == '..') continue;
	        rename($src . $file, $dst . $file);
		$chmodFile = wire('config')->chmodFile;
		if($chmodFile) @chmod($dst . $file, octdec($chmodFile));

	return true;

// Start migration - Loop your pages
// You could split by templates and use limit/start to get this done in multiple iterations. 
// Limit depends on your server memory 

$pages = wire('pages')->find('template=shibby,limit=2000');
foreach ($pages as $page) {
  $old_path = wire('config')->paths->files . $page->id . '/';
  $new_path = PagefilesManager::makeCustomPath($page);
  if (wireMove($old_path, $new_path)) {

Please only use on a copy of your installation, there will for sure be bugs as I've written it in the browser.

You will need to make some modifications, but maybe it helps you as a starting point.


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@wanze I just made a correction here:

$new_path = wire('config')->paths->files . PagefilesManager::makeCustomPath($page);

makeCustomPath returns relative directory and the rename didn't work. The rest works pretty good. Thanks again.

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Hi guys, I'm updating this discussion. After a while using @wanze solution to avoid the 32k limit of subfolders I'm thinking of upgrade PW to the latest version (from current 2.3) because since middle 2014 I didn't make any update because of this core custom modification.
Now PW also solves this issue with the config option $config->pagefileExtendedPaths.
Is there any chance the pw solution is the same of wanze so updating pw don't cause any issue to my current folders structure?

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