I've updated to wordpress 4.7.x. I don't know why, but after doing so, I no longer have the ability to upload plugins (it keeps asking for FTP access. We've never used FTP always SFTP), and I can no longer update existing plugins. I get this error:
Update Failed: Could not create directory.
wp-config.php indeed was missing the
define(FS_METHOD, 'direct') so I put it back. Still getting the error.
However, the apache error.log file contains no mention of an error. I feel like perhaps some permission issues got messed up somehow, but if that's the case, where on linux would I check to see a corresponding entry log for this error?