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paulherron

'parse_ini_file' Absolute Link Problem

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Hi everyone. I'm trying to parse a .ini file called "site_config.ini". If I put it in the same directory as the executing script I have no problems with the following code:

[code]$ini_filename = 'site_config.ini';
// Read .ini file if it is present.
$ini = parse_ini_file($ini_filename, false);[/code]

However, if I expand this code to point to a different directory...

[code]$ini_path = 'http:www.mydomain.com/includes/';
$ini_filename = 'site_config.ini';
// Read .ini file if it is present.
$ini = parse_ini_file($ini_path.$ini_filename, false);[/code]

... I get an error: "Warning: parse_ini_file(): Cannot open 'http://www.mydomain.com/includes/site_config.ini' for reading in /home/blah/blah/".

I know the file is present in that directory because I can navigate to it.

Putting both the path and the filename together in the same variable doesn't seem to work either.

Any ideas?

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Do not use a URL to access a file on the same domain as your script. If the INI file is in a directory that is in the same directory as the script, just do
[code]<?php
$ini_file = 'includes/site_config.ini';
$ini = parse_ini_file($ini_file);
?>[/code]

Ken

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That's great, thanks Ken! Am I right in saying that using external URLs is a bad idea anyway because it slows the processing down significantly?

The includes folder is actually on the same level as the directory containing the script, so I got it working with:

[code]<?php
$ini_file = '../includes/site_config.ini';
$ini = parse_ini_file($ini_file, false);
?>[/code]

I then developed that to the following to allow the code to work no matter what directory level it's placed at:

[code]<?php
$ini_file = $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'].'/includes/site_config.ini';
$ini = parse_ini_file($ini_file, false);
?>[/code]

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