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I am simple using include to include a file within the webpage.


include $file;


$file does exist and is a string. This works fine locally but when testing on my live server it isnt included and nothing below the include is executed, not even plain html.


The error log shows nothing, and there are no errors on screen even when using E_ALL. So i decided to make $file point to the file on the server to see if it was picking it up and it does. So why doesnt the live server want to include this file?


The file consists of php and html but there arent any errors. It wouldnt work locally if there were.


Any ideas?


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Your file being included probably contains a fatal parse or runtime error, due to a configuration difference between your development system and the live server.


Add the following three lines of code immediately after the  first opening <?php tag in your MAIN file -


ini_set("display_startup_errors", "1");
ini_set("display_errors", "1");

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dumping of the include returns nothing, not even null or false, just doesnt display. I have tried:


$include=  include $file;


nothing displays




nothing displays


if(include $file)
echo 'yes'
echo 'no';


still get nothing


And i am using absolute paths for everything given the nature of the project. The included file has no filepath references either.

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view source shows nothing after the include.


included file contents

$recentTopics = AsfApi::call('topics/get', array('order' => 't_time_posted,desc', 'limit' => 5)); 

foreach($recentTopics as $k => $v)
    $poster[$k] = AsfApi::call('user/info', array('fields' => array('u_username'), 'u_uid' => $v['t_poster']));
    $recentTopics[$k]['t_poster_id'] = $v['t_poster'];
    $recentTopics[$k]['t_poster'] = $poster[$k]['u_username'];


<div class="sidebar">
    <div class="header">
        <h2>Recent Topics</h2>
    <?php foreach($recentTopics as $recent) { ?>
            <img src="/uploads/avatars/doddsey_65.png" alt="" title="doddsey_65's avatar" class="avatar_small">
            <p class="list_title">
                <a href="/topic/<?php echo createUrl($recent['t_name']); ?>|<?php echo $recent['t_tid']; ?>/">
                    <?php echo truncate($recent['t_name']); ?>
            <p class="info">
                <?php echo profileLink($recent['t_poster_id']); ?> <span class="date"><?php echo formatDate($recent['t_time_posted']); ?></span>
    <? } ?>


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If you didn't get any php errors out of this, then your web host has likely disabled ini_set/error_reporting or you have used your own error handler and didn't take into account all the types of errors.


Also, don't ever use lazy-way short opening <? tags. They WASTE several orders of magnitude more time then you ever saved in typing time by leaving out the three letters 'php' a few times per code file.

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