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Error message help

Chris Dunning

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This offers some great information in case someone forgot a filename define. However, I think it would be more helpful to add in an explanation of what that error message means. I think it's rather obvious, but many people don't understand it (or don't try to). In the forums today, someone posted this error message:


Warning: Failed opening 'includes/boxes/textsurvey.php' for inclusion (include_path='./:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/jnr1/barginhut-www/store/includes/column_left.php on line 27


So, I would explain it like this:


in /home/jnr1/barginhut-www/store/includes/column_left.php on line 27


This part of the message tells you where the error can be found. In this example, the problem is in column_left.php on line 27.


Failed opening 'includes/boxes/textsurvey.php' for inclusion


This part of the message tells you what the error is. In this example, osCommerce is trying to find a file called textsurvey.php in the directory includes/boxes/. This file is either not where it should be or is not the same filename.



Make sure the file exists. If it's not there, upload it.

Make sure the filename matches exactly. Case matters - textsurvey.php, TextSurvey.php, TEXTSURVEY.PHP, text_survey.php - each of these is a different filename. If the filename doesn't match, either rename the file or edit column_left.php to point to the correct filename. If the line in question looks something like this:


then you need to open up filenames.php and look for a line like this:

define ('FILENAME_TEXTSURVEY', 'textsurvey.php');

This is where you can change the filename being called.

Chris Dunning

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