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Bug #49456 Script current working directory converted to real path cause require() errors
Submitted: 2009-09-03 14:36 UTC Modified: 2009-09-03 14:45 UTC
From: michele dot manzato at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: Scripting Engine problem
PHP Version: 5.2.11RC1 OS: Ubuntu/Hardy
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2009-09-03 14:36 UTC] michele dot manzato at gmail dot com
PHP script current working directory being converted to the real path cause error in relative files inclusion (see also bug #46814).

As one can see in the reproduce code the script's getcwd() says '/tmp/a' although the script was run from '/tmp/b/c'. As a result the require() instruction fails because it can't find any '/inc.php'. '/tmp/b/inc.php' would have been found if the original symlinked path was preserved.

Reproduce code:
~$ cd /tmp
/tmp$ mkdir a
/tmp$ mkdir b
/tmp$ echo '<?php echo getcwd(); require "../inc.php";?>' > a/test.php
/tmp$ echo '<?php echo "ok\n";?>' > b/inc.php
/tmp$ ln -s /tmp/a b/c
/tmp$ cd b/c/
/tmp/b/c$ php -f test.php

Expected result:

Actual result:
Warning: require(../inc.php): failed to open stream: No such file or
directory in /tmp/a/test.php on line 1

Fatal error: require(): Failed opening required '../inc.php' (include_path='.:/usr/share/php:/usr/share/pear') in /tmp/a/test.php on line 1


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 [2009-09-03 14:45 UTC]
Thank you for taking the time to write to us, but this is not
a bug. Please double-check the documentation available at and the instructions on how to report
a bug at

Note that this behavior is the same as in a shell:
cd b/c
ls ..

It shows the contents of /tmp, not the contents of /tmp/b. This works as it should.
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