Relative vs. Absolute Paths in Overall Header/Functions.php

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Relative vs. Absolute Paths in Overall Header/Functions.php

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So, this has been bugging me for a while, and I simply solved the issue with absolute path calls, but I'm wondering if there's a more elegant solution.

I've modified my overall header to include outside files, such as calendar displays, etc. I'v done this via functions.php, adding a new template variable, like this:

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$output11 = file_get_contents('../shtml/footmenu.shtml');	
This relative path works fine, until I try to login to the Admin Panel, when I get a "no file found in that location" error. Now, obviously, this is because the admin login is in a subfolder of the root folder, so in the past I simply went with an absolute path.

However, I'm in the middle of some heavy testing on my local dev server, and I want to work with relative paths again. Instead of changing back and forth, is there a better solution to this?

It's not a world ender, but it is a bit niggling, and I hate loose ends...LOL

Anyone else with the same nagging problem?
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You should read: Are You In the Right Place?

I'll move this for you.
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Thank you. I gave this some consideration, too, before posting. It's not a style issue, and I didn't think it was a Mod writer's question, as it's more of question relating to phpbb3 and its use of relative paths.

Oh, well, not the first time I've been wrong.

So...any mod writers left, or has everyone gone over to extensions?
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Look at the way the existing includes in phpBB work.
They are always relative to $phpbb_root_path

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include($phpbb_root_path . 'common.' . $phpEx);
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Brf wrote:Look at the way the existing includes in phpBB work.
They are always relative to $phpbb_root_path

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include($phpbb_root_path . 'common.' . $phpEx);
Of course! D'oh!

So, if I'm including something higher in the site heirarchy, I'd do:

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include('../' . $phpbb_root_path . 'common.' . $phpEx);
I really can't believe I haven't asked this before, and never even considered this!

Cheers, Brf, and thanks, I'm off to fiddle with it now!
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Re: Relative vs. Absolute Paths in Overall Header/Functions.php

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Jackanape wrote:

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include('../' . $phpbb_root_path . 'common.' . $phpEx);
No. I think it would be

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include($phpbb_root_path . '/../common.' . $phpEx);
but I might be wrong, since $phpbb_root_path is usually a relative path . Try it both ways.
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Re: Relative vs. Absolute Paths in Overall Header/Functions.php

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There it is:

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$output11 = file_get_contents($phpbb_root_path . '../shtml/footmenu.shtml');
Works like a champ! Thanks for helping get my head on straight, Brf!
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