These settings are recommended for PHP in order to ensure full compatibility with eSyndiCat Free.
However, eSyndiCat Free will still operate if your settings do not quite match the recommended.
Magic Quotes GPC:
Directory & File Permissions
In order for eSyndiCat Free to function correctly it needs to be able to access or write to certain files or directories. If you see "Unwriteable" you need to change the permissions on the file or directory to allow eSyndiCat Free to write to it.