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Lighttpd webserver wordpress image uploading problem – offers inline.php as download options

You can easily upload small files but large upload fails and offers inline.php as download option.

This error is caused because of improper php configuration. Make sure upload_tmp_dir is set and webserver user such as httpd/nobody/lighttpd can write to this directory.
$ grep upload_tmp_dir /etc/php.in
Set upload_tmp_dir to /tmp or /var/tmp:
upload_tmp_dir = /var/tmp

Next make sure web sever can write to temporary upload directory:
# chown lighttpd:lighttpd /var/tmp

Now you should able to upload files. A final note if you need to upload files larger than 2MB set maximum allowed size for uploaded files using upload_max_filesize directive:
upload_max_filesize = 5M

As usual restart lighttpd to make changes:
# /etc/init.d/lighttpd restart
# tail -f /var/log/messages

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