Include file path problem

for some reason, previous coders of this application used ...

myasppage.asp has the following code:
<!--#include file="../assistants/main.asp" -->

so now when myasppage.asp page is referenced, I get the error:

The Include file '../assistants/main.asp' cannot contain '..' to indicate the parent directory.

I had to change it to include virtual instead of include file ...what's the diff?

<!--#include virtual="/directoryname/assistants/main.asp" -->
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file is local t othe current directory wher it is called
virtual can be anywhere, it's a full physical path

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