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# Include path with ./ in PHP

Posted on 2009-04-06
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If I have an index.php in say:
c:\wamp\www\myfolder\index.php

that is calling an include() in a sub directory say:
include_once('subfolder\file.php')   which translates into c:\wamp\www\myfolder\subfolder\file.php

and inside file.php it is calling an include like:
include_once('./different_file.php');

then it goes back to c:\wamp\www\myfolder\ to try and find it . How can I force it so that include('./anything.php') stays inside the most recent folder it was called from, and not the first?

NOTE: It's important to know that I can't edit file.php, It has to maintain it's include with the ./
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Question by:level9wizard
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Roger Baklund earned 500 total points
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Maybe you can use chdir(), like this:

chdir('subfolder') ;
include_once('file.php');

Then the call to include_once('./different_file.php') will happen within subfolder. In case you use file functions later in the script, you should call chdir() again to set it back to the folder with the script after the include (in index.php):

chdir('..') ;  # one step up

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>>Maybe you can use chdir()

Problem is, as you saw above, I can't edit file.php - I will consider how I might be able to access this from outside though.
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>> and inside file.php it is calling an include like:
include_once('./different_file.php');

if u cant edit file.php, how did u know whats inside  that file ?
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the option is place different_file.php in c:\wamp\www\myfolder
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>> I can't edit file.php

My suggestion involved editing index.php only...
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>> My suggestion involved editing index.php only...

Yea sorry I didn't reply to your first remarks properly - In fact you've solved it really. I'll likely have to ask another question based on this one however.
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