Asked  7 Months ago    Answers:  5   Viewed   38 times

I have a cron job that needs to include this file:

require '../includes/common.php';

however, when it is run via the cron job (and not my local testing), the relative path does not work. the cron job runs the following file (on the live server):


and here's the error:

Fatal error: require(): Failed opening required '../includes/common.php' 
(include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in 
/home/username123/public_html/cron/mycronjob.php on line 2

using the same absolute format as the cron job, common.php would be located at


does that mean i have to replace my line 2 with:

require '/home/username123/public_html/includes/common.php';





Technically seen the php script is run where cron is located; ex. If cron was in /bin/cron, then this statement would look for common.php in /bin/includes/common.php.

So yeah, you'll probably have to use fullpaths or use set_include_path

require 'common.php';
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

If you do require('../includes/common.php'), the path is traversed relative to the current working directory.

If you do require('common.php'), the file is searched in the include path, and in the directory of the script which calls the require().

To solve this, first change directory in your crontab:

cd /home/fini7463/public_html; php -f cronjob.php
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

Don't rely on PATH being set for cronjob through .bash_profile (it's a shell feature and cronjobs are not running through a shell), you should rather use something like

* * * * * /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.4.4/bin/php-something? /path/to/vendor/laravel/framework/src/Illuminate/Foundation/start.php

A test could be something like this:

# /tmp/test.php
<?php file_put_contents('/tmp/a_test', `id`."n".var_export($_ENV, true)."n".var_export(extension_loaded('mcrypt'), true));
# in crontab
* * * * * /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.4.4/bin/php-something? /tmp/test.php

Run php /tmp/test.php one time manually to spot the differences between you running the script, and cron; and always try to use absolute paths in crontab (in this case to your php binary).

Friday, May 28, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

It turned out to be an authentication problem. I solved it by adding the following two lines to the CURL configuration:

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, 0);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, 0);

Hope it helps someone.

Friday, May 28, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

You need to add the after the directory name:

include(__DIR__ . "\..\another_folder\file_2.php");

This will make the path be


instead of


Also, for portability, it is advisable to use / instead of , which works on all platforms, including Windows:

include(__DIR__ . "/../another_folder/file_2.php");
Saturday, May 29, 2021
answered 5 Months ago
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