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Active Server Pages error 'ASP 0131'

Disallowed Parent Path

/www/folder/home.asp, line 2

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

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I have been using information from : http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Web_Languages/ASP/Q_10354572.html?query=asp+include+a+file+in+parent+directory&clearTAFilter=true 

I am trying to get a file from the parent directory to include. Can anyone tell me why it is working for some people and not me?

<!--#include file="../index.asp"-->
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basicinstinct earned 600 total points
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From here:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q226474

RESOLUTION
The best solution to the problem is to use absolute virtual paths from the root of the Web site instead of relative paths.

For example, if you use an include file named "mycode.inc" at the root of your server, the virtual path would be "/mycode.inc." If you use the same include file in a virtual directory named "/includes" on your server, the virtual path would be "/includes/mycode.inc."

The syntax example below illustrates how to implement virtual paths:

<!--#include virtual="/<virtual path>/<filename.ext>"-->
                              

An alternative to using absolute virtual paths is to enable parent paths; however, this is not the preferred method. (See the notes in the More Information section for details.) This is accomplished for your default Web site by using the following steps:
1.      Open the Internet Services Manager in the Microsoft Management Console (MMC).
2.      Right-click on your Default Web Site and select Properties.
3.      Click the Home Directory tab.
4.      Click the Configuration button.
5.      Click the App Options tab.
6.      Click to select the Enable Parent Paths checkbox.
7.      Click the OK button until you return to the MMC.
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by:cipiWeb
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Awesome, it works. (ended up turning on parent paths.) but I would still like to make sure I understand the virtual includes, mainly... how do they differ from file?

This is a wild guess, but does file work relative to the file with the include script and virtual works relative to the domain root?

What is the difference between a virtual directory and a real directory? ( Folder )
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