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Bug #20607 function included from parent script gets lost
Submitted: 2002-11-24 03:22 UTC Modified: 2003-02-04 16:48 UTC
From: nick at itomic dot com Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: Scripting Engine problem
PHP Version: 4.2.3 OS: red hat 7.2
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2002-11-24 03:22 UTC] nick at itomic dot com
I have a cms site, and _two_ functions in particular are getting lost somewhere within the execution of the script.

basically the script index.php calls:
index.php -> -> it_functions/it_db.php
           -> news/ ->

when the script runs, it cant find two functions defined in it_db.php: it_GetNextID & it_GetFieldNames. the exact error is

Fatal error: Call to undefined function: it_getnextid() in /home/barnyard/public_html/cms/ on line 113

I thought it may be memory_limit, which was 8M & i set it to 16M, but no joy.

It seems only these two functions get lost. Ill try to reproduce the problem with simple code a bit later when I get out of the office.

When we tried to include it_db.php from directly (immediately preceding the call to it_GetNextID) the _first_ function in it_db.php (connect_db) causes an error : 
Fatal error: Cannot redeclare connect_db() (previously declared in /usr/local/lib/php/it_functions/it_db.php:5) in /usr/local/lib/php/it_functions/it_db.php on line 5

The problem was solved by adding the two functions to the head of the file 


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 [2002-11-24 03:27 UTC] nick at itomic dot com
I will try & boil down the code & provide an example within the next day, & provide a sample href
 [2002-11-24 05:46 UTC] nick at itomic dot com
ok, boiled it down to pretty simple code. The problem seemed to stem from the filename and position of it_db.php, which is in a default included directory .home/lib/it_functions/. In the following example, if it_db.php was included in the same directory, all was ok. if /home/lib/it_db.php was renamed to /home/lib/it_database.php (or any other name), the code works fine

red hat 7.2
php 4.2.3
kernel 2.4.18pre3
apache: 1.3.27
php is an apache module

file structure:

/home/lib/it_functions/it_db.php (in central code repos):


// Get next available unique ID
function it_GetNextID($table,$PrimaryKey) {
echo "works OK <br />";

// it_GetFieldNames - Get all field/column names of selected table and load into an array
function it_GetFieldNames($table) {
echo "works ok too <br />"


include_once "it_functions/it_db.php";

$a = it_getnextid("table", "trjh");
 [2002-11-24 05:51 UTC] nick at itomic dot com
to see the above on my live server, goto

to see the result if it_db.php is included within the same directory, goto
 [2002-11-24 05:53 UTC] nick at itomic dot com
the only difference is in index.php:


include_once "it_db.php";

$a = it_getnextid("table", "trjh");
 [2002-11-24 12:36 UTC]
Looks like the include is failing, but the error is not being shown, could you increase your error level to display E_WARNING or change include_once to require_once.
 [2002-11-24 19:27 UTC] nick at itomic dot com
yep, will do that, but im using other files in the same directory. also what is the function to get/set config options in php via the script?
 [2002-11-25 00:28 UTC] nick at itomic dot com
ok index.php now reads (on the live site):

ini_set("error_reporting", "E_ALL");
//echo "Error Level : " . ini_get("error_reporting") . "<br />";

require_once "it_functions/it_db.php";

$a = it_getnextid("table", "trjh");

I dont get any msg at all now, but i should get an echo from it_GetNextID ... ?
 [2002-11-25 00:32 UTC] nick at itomic dot com
it doesnt matter if I do 

ini_set("error_reporting", "E_WARNING");
ini_set("error_reporting", "E_ALL");

or include_once / require_once

the site comes up with nothing when I set error_reporting
 [2002-12-04 18:19 UTC]
Please try using this CVS snapshot:
For Windows:

 [2002-12-12 07:45 UTC] nick at itomic dot com
ok ill try a cvs snapshot, 

btw the problem doesnt happen on our win2K test server (for once! windows being nice??)

ill see if this also happens on our soon-to-be-live redhat dev-box, ill be able to do lots more on that box than on the live one
 [2002-12-21 05:22 UTC]
Are you running your scripts on php-cli? I suspect another it_db.php, which is slightly different from the one you intend to include, exists in the same directory as where scripts run. Because in php-cli, include() or require() always tries to first seek the files in the CWD regardress of include_path.

 [2002-12-21 05:36 UTC]
Sorry, not cli, I mean cgi.
 [2002-12-26 05:23 UTC] nick at itomic dot com
no Im pretty sure it's a apache module. 100% sure actually. changes to the php.ini require a 'kill -USR1 <httpd pid>' to propagate to the php interpreter. Ill check if there are any it_db.php's laying about though. Ill check this out soon... on the local dev box. & ill be able to chop & change lots more. sorry for not being too quick in trying the cvs etc. christmas & all..
 [2003-01-20 21:56 UTC]
Does PHP 4.3.0 work any better? And btw. the correct 
way to set error_reporting is to use this line:


 [2003-02-04 16:48 UTC]
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