Tagarchief: e-commerce

Magento and safe mode

The e-commerce application magento, for some reason, expects to have a lot of permissions on every server. One thing I stumbled upon when trying to install magento, was the creation of /tmp/magento/var.

Since /tmp could be shared between all users, this may not be the safest way. That's why my servers don't allow access to /tmp, but have a personal /tmp-style directory instead.

I got the error:
[Thu Feb 04 21:24:21 2010] [error] [client] PHP Warning:  file_exists() [<a href='function.file-exists'>function.file-exists</a>]: open_basedir restriction in effect. File(/tmp/magento/var) is not within the allowed path(s): (/blah/blah/website.com:/usr/share/pear:/var/www/error) in /blah/blah/website.com/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Config/Options.php on line 214

The fix is very, very easy. But since I couldn't find anyone else posting the exact fix, I thought I'd do it.

in app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/Config/Options.php on line 137, you find:

    public function getSysTmpDir()
        return sys_get_temp_dir();

Change it to:

public function getSysTmpDir()
        return $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'].'/your_secret_tmp_dir/';

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