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I have a php scrip that works fine on the web

www.mysite.com/somescript.php

The first part of that script includes another set of files (which includes even more etc)

<?php
include $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] . "/myinclude.php";
. . .
?>

However when I run this through cron
php /home/mysite/public_html/somescript.php

It fails with this message

<br />
<b>Warning</b>:  include(/myinclude.php) [<a href='function.include'>function.include</a>]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in <b>/home/mysite/public_html/somescript.php</b> on line <b>2</b><br />

And other error messages related to the fact that it can't connect to the db etc as all the connection data is in the myinclude.php file.

Having done some reading around this it seems that the cron jobs run from a different server / instance / something than the web so $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] doesn't work in the same way.

How do I get around this? The server is on third party hosting / cpanel so I have limited access to command line and php.ini etc files.

Thanks

Mike
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Question by:hungoveragain
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Beverley Portlock earned 2000 total points
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PHP can run in two modes - via a web server and via a command line (CLI). There are usually two php.ini files for this in /etc/php5

TBH I find it simpler to use the lynx browser which is text based and get it to call the webserver. That way I know my PHP will execute on the server if it executes in the browser. The command (in Cron or elsewhere) is

lynx -dump http://example.com/path/to/your/script.php

Alternatively inspect the other php.ini file and alter it to be similar to the "standard" one and find what user/group the CLI runs under and set access modes accordingly.
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by:Scott Madeira
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$_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] has no meaning when you are running a script from the command line because the script isn't being processed through the web server.

One thing that you could do is manually set $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] in your script to the path you want it to be if you are running from the CLI.  If you invoke your script like this:


php /home/mysite/public_html/somescript.php CLI

you would have this available to you:

$_SERVER["argv"][0] =  /home/mysite/public_html/somescript.php
$_SERVER["argv"][1] = CLI
$_SERVER["argc"] = 2


In your file you could check these variables and either use the DOCUMENT_ROOT as set by the server or fill it yourself.

if ($_SERVER["argv"][1] == 'CLI') {
      $_SERVER["DOCUMENT_ROOT"] = 'path/to/your/files/include.php';
}

There may be a more elegant solution to the problem than this but this should work for you.







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