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Managing PHP Includes

 4:08 pm on Dec 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

This is a common question, I know, but I don't understand the solutions that always come up. I want to set the PHP path for an entire site, and never have to ever supply a relative or absolute path to include something, in case the includes path needs to change in future.

Using ini_set seems a bit chicken and egg to me... I would want the include path set before I do anything on my page, then include the header with simply include('header.php') and not worry about the path (same with all other includes from then on).

But if I have to put ini_set at the top of every page on my site, that defeats the point a little, considering I want a globally managed include path that I can set in one place. So then if I put the ini_set in a globally included file... how do I include it without a relative/absolute URL if ini_set has not yet happened?

Is there a solution that allows me to set the includes path somewhere for the entire site, without ever having to then specify include paths later? .htaccess perhaps?



 5:02 pm on Dec 2, 2008 (gmt 0)


You may be able to change php settings using .htaccess depending on your server configuration. Take a look at PHP: How to change configuration settings - Manual [php.net]



 5:09 pm on Dec 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld, migthegreek.

One of those configuration settings that may be of interest is auto_prepend_file.
List of php.ini directives [php.net]

Patrick Taylor

 12:40 pm on Dec 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

In one of my .htaccess files (at the top) I have (eg):

php_value auto_prepend_file "/path/etc/path/public_html/file.php"

file.php can be anything, I suppose. It gets run on every page load.


 7:58 pm on Dec 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

See also:

php_value include_path /apache/htdocs/somesite/includes

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