I have a similar problem as described in this thread.
When trying to add a product and (in the last step) save all product data I receive an error message.
Warning: is_dir() [function.is-dir]: open_basedir restriction in effect. File(/var) is not within the allowed path(s): (/var/www/web193/:/usr/bin/) in /var/www/web193/html/magento/lib/Varien/File/Uploader.php on line 327
The error message is shortened—but I think the problem can be recognized:
My host restricts my server usage to the physical directories “/var/www/web193/” and “/usr/bin/”. I think this is done in php.ini. This restriction should be no problem, because magento resides at “/var/www/web193/html/magento/”.
But somehow somehting goes wrong here ... and I am not really that experienced in server management and PHP to find out what.
Any ideas? I hope this issue does not get ignored, as other people are also facing this problem ...
Anyway, thanks in advance for your tips!