[nycphp-talk] open_basedir() error in PHP script

Phil Powell soazine at
Fri Aug 8 22:53:19 EDT 2003

MessageWhat kind of solution would I have if the machine this is occurring is a remote one and not my own? What do you recommend I do since I do not have any ownership over the box itself?

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: pswebcode, nyc 
  To: 'NYPHP Talk' 
  Sent: Friday, August 08, 2003 8:32 PM
  Subject: RE: [nycphp-talk] open_basedir() error in PHP script

  Here is a descrip of what the php.ini setting for open_basedir does:
  Limit the files that can be opened by PHP to the specified directory-tree, including the file itself. This directive is NOT affected by whether Safe Mode is turned On or Off. 
  When a script tries to open a file with, for example, fopen() or gzopen(), the location of the file is checked. When the file is outside the specified directory-tree, PHP will refuse to open it. All symbolic links are resolved, so it's not possible to avoid this restriction with a symlink. 
  The special value . indicates that the directory in which the script is stored will be used as base-directory. 
  Under Windows, separate the directories with a semicolon. On all other systems, separate the directories with a colon. As an Apache module, open_basedir paths from parent directories are now automatically inherited. 
  The restriction specified with open_basedir is actually a prefix, not a directory name. This means that "open_basedir = /dir/incl" also allows access to "/dir/include" and "/dir/incls" if they exist. When you want to restrict access to only the specified directory, end with a slash. For example: "open_basedir = /dir/incl/" 
  Note: Support for multiple directories was added in 3.0.7. 
  The default is to allow all files to be opened. 

  Run info.php in your site to check for your php.ini settings. You are dealing with a "safe mode" file restriction. Works with all these types of settings as below:

  safe_mode "0" PHP_INI_SYSTEM 
  safe_mode_gid "0" PHP_INI_SYSTEM 
  safe_mode_include_dir NULL PHP_INI_SYSTEM 
  safe_mode_exec_dir "" PHP_INI_SYSTEM 
  safe_mode_allowed_env_vars PHP_ PHP_INI_SYSTEM 
  safe_mode_protected_env_vars LD_LIBRARY_PATH PHP_INI_SYSTEM 
  open_basedir NULL PHP_INI_SYSTEM 
  disable_functions "" PHP_INI_SYSTEM 
  disable_classes "" PHP_INI_SYSTEM 

    -----Original Message-----
    From: talk-bounces at [mailto:talk-bounces at] On Behalf Of Phil Powell
    Sent: Friday, August 08, 2003 7:58 PM
    To: NYPHP Talk
    Subject: [nycphp-talk] open_basedir() error in PHP script

    Warning: open_basedir restriction in effect. File is in wrong directory in Unknown on line 0

    Warning: Failed opening '/users/ppowell/web/cma/index.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/lib/php') in Unknown on line 0

    I get this error upon opening a PHP script I wrote; however, upon refreshing my browser, the error goes away and usually does not appear again.  The page is not supposed to cache and I have caching turned off on my script:


      header("Expires: Mon, 26 Jul 1997 05:00:00 GMT");    // Date in the past
      header("Last-Modified: " . gmdate("D, d M Y H:i:s") . " GMT"); // always modified
      // HTTP/1.1
      header("Cache-Control: no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0");
      header("Pragma: no-cache");                          // HTTP/1.0


    I have no idea why this happens but I can tell you that this script /cma/index.php will go to a TCL CGI script which will go back to /cma/index.php eventually upon form completion or linkage or some user action.



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