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Offline Obake

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"failed to open file stream:" error
« on: November 07, 2012, 06:58:27 PM »
I have a site that is receiving the below error. It occurs only on 'guest' users. Any idea what is causing this?

Apply Filter: Only show the errors with the same message
2: require_once(/services/webpages/util/3/f/
[<ahref='function.require-once'>function.require-once</a>]: failed to open stream: Permission denied
File: /services/webpages/util/3/f/
Line: 145

SMF version 2.0.2
Simple Portal 2.3.5

Other Installed Mods:

Aeva Media    1.4w
Stop Spammer    2.3.9
FantasticSmileys    1.0
Custom Pages and Tabs (2) SMF 2 - RC3    1.1
Highslide 4 SMF    0.8.1
Custom buttons / tabs with Sub Menus (4)

Offline Obake

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Re: "failed to open file stream:" error
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2012, 01:09:38 PM »
Hmmm ... 10 days and no answer. I wonder if this portal is still in production or being supported?

Offline froome19

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Re: "failed to open file stream:" error
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2012, 02:27:33 PM »
This has most likely got nothing got to do with Simple Portal..

Offline Obake

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Re: "failed to open file stream:" error
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2012, 05:12:54 PM »
This has most likely got nothing got to do with Simple Portal..

Do you know what it has to do with then?

The only error log on the site comes from Simple Portal. When uninstalled then no errors, after install then this error sometimes.

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Re: "failed to open file stream:" error
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2012, 09:26:20 PM »
Mods tend to cause problems ... when I see mods like spam protection, pretty urls, tabs and custom pages, it starts ringing bells.

Or maybe file permissions set incorrectly. You can check the correct file permissions using ftp client and the ones given in Simple Portal install documentation.

I would check all the file permission setting first before anything else. If that does not work then move on to examine other mods.

Also any mods you might have uninstalled may not have completed removed code - often mods that affect access and urls change the htaccess file and do not reverse changes after uninstalling - worth checking.

The only way to see if it is a mod causing trouble is to uninstall the others. You do not need custom pages if using simple portal - it has its own page system. So I would copy your pages over to the Simple Portal system and uninstall the custom pages mod.
If I were you I would uninstall all of them first and test the site with just Simple Portal. Try and repeat the error.
Add mods back in one by one and try it again.

I have aeva media and highslide installed, and I cant see the smilies pack being a problem.
Files permissions probably then consider  Stop Spammer , Custom Pages and Tabs,  Custom buttons / tabs with Sub Menus.

And one final thing - what is the result of these errors?
Often most do not make any difference to the use and view of the site - non-fatal errors. When using mods, and even templates, you will always get errors in the error log - everyone gets these.
If it doesnt affect people I would not worry about it. The only other time to worry is if there are thousands of errors each day - then it could affect your server limits.

I have errors in the log everyday but they are ... 'normal' and expected on a modded site.

If not a file permission setting or htaccess file it is most likely caused by other mods. I think the tabs and pages ones are very old and the mods that stop spammers can result in odd effects. Im sure, if you set up a clean SMF site with only simple portal there will be no problem. After that install what is only necessary ... one by one and test.
« Last Edit: November 17, 2012, 09:33:59 PM by igirisjin »
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Offline Underdog

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Re: "failed to open file stream:" error
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2012, 10:02:52 PM »

  You can run the script below using a custom php block using preview. Don't bother saving the block or you can leave it disabled & just use it with preview to execute the code.

Code: [Select]
global $sourcedir;

$files = glob($sourcedir . "/*.php");
foreach($files as $file)
   @chmod($file, 0755);

The above should recursively adjust all php files in your Sources directory to the 0755 file permission value.
« Last Edit: November 17, 2012, 10:43:18 PM by Underdog »

Offline Obake

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Re: "failed to open file stream:" error
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2012, 10:56:30 AM »
My apologies for being so late back to the topic. Work, life, the holidays, etc. have made for a busy time for me.

As well my thanks for the help, it turns out the problem child is the Stop Spammer mod,

I read every blasted page on the mod and applied three fixes that I found, one fix each in Profile.php, Register.php and StopSpammer.php. Could not tell you which one stopped the error logs. After 24 hours, no logs are being produced on 3 different sites.

What initially confused me about this problem was that the various error logs were not produced when Simple Portal was not installed. So it looked like a SP problem. Well, it was not, it is a Stop Spammer problem and sad as it it, it looks like the Stop Spammer author/co-author has no serious intentions of continuing the mod. I do wish he would hand it over to someone else.

Regardless, my thanks to all that helped and to the Simple Portal team for an excellent and wonderful portal.   ;D