How do I get htmldoc to execute using PHP exec?

Hi

I have installed htmldoc and although it works fine from the command line logged in as root it doesn't work from the php exec command.

Is it to do with groups and permissions?

What do I need to do?

Kind Regards,

Adrian Smith
if(exec("htmldoc --webpage --landscape -f output.pdf /var/www/vhosts/web1/httpdocs/results/table.html"))
 
{echo 'Started Background Process';} 
else 
{echo 'Background Process Did Not Start';}

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woolmilkporcCommented:
Try supplying the full path to htmldoc
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lwfukAuthor Commented:
Hi woolmilkporc

I found the path with #which htmldoc and replaced it as shown below.

Still got the same problem.

Kind Regards



if(exec("/usr/bin/htmldoc --webpage --landscape -f output.pdf /var/www/vhosts/web1/httpdocs/results/table.html"))
 
{echo 'Started Background Process';} 
else 
{echo 'Background Process Did Not Start';}

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woolmilkporcCommented:
What kind of problem is it? Are there any error messages?
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woolmilkporcCommented:
... and please supply a (writeable) path to the output file, too.
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lwfukAuthor Commented:
No error messages:

only

{echo 'Background Process Did Not Start';}

and the fact that "output.pdf" does not write.

It works from the command line though and the php page terminates properly.

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lwfukAuthor Commented:
Does this help?
# ls -l /usr/bin/htmldoc
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 506246 Oct 29  2008 /usr/bin/htmldoc

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woolmilkporcCommented:
That's OK. Did you try using a (writeable) path to the outputfile?
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lwfukAuthor Commented:
Yep - I'm using a directory that I upload files to.
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lwfukAuthor Commented:
I found the problem.

1. I needed to add the absolute path to the bin directory.
2. I needed to add the absolute path to the write file. (grrr what a donkey I am)

Anyway woolmilkporc many thanks.

Adrian

PS: I still get the message {echo 'Background Process Did Not Start';} even though it works.
if(exec("/usr/bin/htmldoc --webpage --landscape -f /var/www/vhosts/web1/httpdocs/results/output.pdf /var/www/vhosts/web1/httpdocs/results/table.html"))
 
{echo 'Started Background Process';} 
else 
{echo 'Background Process Did Not Start';}

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lwfukAuthor Commented:
Many Thanks.

Adrian

PS: I also had to add the full path to the output file as well.
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