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Bug #52769 realpath not working inside phar
Submitted: 2010-09-03 12:45 UTC Modified: 2015-03-30 18:54 UTC
Avg. Score:4.7 ± 0.6
Reproduced:23 of 24 (95.8%)
Same Version:7 (30.4%)
Same OS:17 (73.9%)
From: miha dot vrhovnik at domenca dot com Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: PHAR related
PHP Version: 5.3.3 OS: any
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2010-09-03 12:45 UTC] miha dot vrhovnik at domenca dot com
When you run a realpath returns false when run on phar paths.

Test script:
put a test script inside \foo\bar\test.php

and create a phar where \bar\test.php is inisde it

run created phar..


echo (realpath(dirname(__FILE__) . '/../'));

Expected result:
see the full path

Actual result:


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 [2011-11-15 16:01 UTC]
Probably related to bug #51806
 [2011-11-20 00:43 UTC] maks dot slesarenko at gmail dot com
Hi, I'm not PHP Core developer, just developer using php :)

I think this is not a bug, functions like chmod, chown and realpath, glob are working only with "file://" stream. And this is correct! realpath() always should provide "real" path on filesytem (file://), not in phar, zip, http or myOwnStream.

I can not even imagine what how it will be in other case for ex. realpath('myRegisteredStream://somepath')
or chmod('', 777) - funny isn't it?!
 [2011-11-20 08:42 UTC] maks dot slesarenko at gmail dot com
In my scripts I do something like this:

define('APPLICATION_PATH', __DIR__); -- path inside phar for loading files
define('REAL_PATH', realpath('.')) -- folder where php was called
 [2015-03-30 18:53 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Not a bug
 [2015-03-30 18:53 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

 [2015-03-30 18:54 UTC]
realpath() is supposed to return a real path, not a, well, virtual one.
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