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I'm running a Centos 5 server and want to set up a cronjob to run on every 10th of each month, but I have to following concern.

The PHP file that I need to run sits in /var/www/html/test/ called sendMails.php

If I go to the test directory eg. cd /var/www/html/test and type in ./sendMails.php my script runs perfect.

In the test directory is a folder called template and in the template folder is a file with the name index.htm. index.htm is being read in sendMails.php via the php function file_get_contents .

Now I run the script from my home directory eg. php /home/roland/sendMails.php and I get the following error file_get_contents(template/index.htm): failed to open stream: No such file or directory and don't understand why, now this will then also fail if I setup a cron.

Any advise will be appreciated

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Please if down voting this question at least tell me why???? – Roland Aug 25 '09 at 9:30
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Have you moved the template directory too?

You are better to put the files somewhere and make the script your absolute paths. E.g. /path/to/your/script.php and in the script include(/path/to/your/include/dir/index.html)

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As already said its better to use absolute path.

I think i**t is not good to hardcode the absolute path in each script**, at least if there is no real necessity. This is a strong portability limit.

The right way is to calculate the absolute path at runtime using dirname(__FILE)** to retrieve the dir of the current script (the script itself, not the includer of the script if it exists)

In your case you can do



This has to work, everywhere!

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+1 was going to suggest using dirname(__FILE__) myself but you beat me too it... – Jeremy Bouse Aug 25 '09 at 15:04
eheh, tnx Jeremy – drAlberT Aug 25 '09 at 15:22
Agreed. dirname(__FILE__) is the best way to do this – Brandon Aug 26 '09 at 21:24

Create a shell script that changes directory and runs the php script; then call this shell script from cronjob.

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Why not to create a cronjob that one per year creates that shell script? Next years doing nothing having already done the job! ;P – drAlberT Aug 27 '09 at 7:08

You can add "chdir('/var/www/blabla');" at the top of your PHP file.

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very tricky and inelegant to me – drAlberT Aug 27 '09 at 7:06
I agree, this should be avoided. Unfortunately, it's sometimes necessary when using an include tree that makes assumptions about file locations. – staticsan Aug 31 '09 at 23:11

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