The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Why do people insist on using PHP? Why?

You just have to love informative error messages.

One of our clients is getting the following error on a PHP (of course) driven website:

Warning: file_exists(): open_basedir restriction in effect. File(XXXX) is not within the allowed path(s): (XXXX/htdocs:/tmp) in XXXX on line 531

Okay, I read that as “file not found” but according to the customer, if the file really didn't exist, she would get “file not found” instead of “File … is not within the allowed path(s).” Which is frustrating because the file in question does not exist!


So okay, humor the customer. Go ahead, try to do a search on “PHP File is not within the allowed path” … go ahead … I'll wait …

See the problem?

A lot of sites seem to have that problem.

Searching the PHP site doesn't seem to be helping any either.

Does anyone have a clue? It appears that PHP is refusing to search for files past a certain depth, but I can't say for sure that is the problem, nor even what to look for to see if this is the problem.



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“Yes, when you put it that way … ”

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