Mar 28

One more note about Symfony installation

Just got into weird trouble. I’ve installed symfony on server and I was assured it must work. Everything seems to be working, create a new symfony project, app, module, etc. I pointed httpdocs to web folder with ln -s command and then tried to take a look from browser on my domain:

What did I see? Just empty page. Absolutely blank and VERY white 🙂
I’ve been playing with php.ini and figured out that error notification was turned off. Once this was fixed what I’ve seen instad of blank screen was:

open_basedir restriction in effect. File(/var/www/vhosts/domain/apps/frontend/config/config.php) is not within the
allowed path(s)

I’ve spent some time trying to figure out what is open_basedir and found out that it’s related with safe_mode stuff. It’s definitely that I have safe_mode turned on. But how? When I took a look into php.ini there was clearly that safe_mode is turned off.
But when I’m taking a look into phpinfo() data I saw that globally safe_mode is turned off but locally it’s turned on.
I spent more time investigating this and figured out that local stuff is stored in /var/www/vhosts/domain/conf/httpd.includes file
which contains both apache and php configuration parameters. Holly s.. 🙂
I did not expect this may be such a complicated. I removed lines with open_basedir and restrarted apache httpd -k restart.
And rock’n’roll!

I understand that this is quite specific problem but who knows maybe you’ll get into such trouble as well and it will help you.

Thanks for your attention!

Author: symfonian


March 28, 2007


this problem will also apear with other scripts which use the filesystem.
So your php.ini is not well configured.


March 29, 2007

yeah, that’s right. Thanks for your comment!

July 2, 2007

open_basedir is completely separate thing, it is not actually related to safe_mode. You’d better put all your symfony stuff into one folder (i.e. ‘app’) and add a value (separate it by ‘:’) to open_basedir in your httpd.conf as ‘/var/www/vhosts/domain/app’. That will allow your scripts to open all files and folders under …/app/ (like /var/www/vhosts/domain/app/apps/….)
Turnig open_basedir off makes your server unprotected, you really don’t want that somebody will read your .passwd file, do you? 8) .
Regards, Alex 😉

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