I've installed magento and cakephp in my development server. I built a STL viewer by using cake php and gave path like this to upload files to STL viewer:

$mystlpath = $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT']."dastl/app/webroot/uploads/".$filetoinsertpost;

Now I want STL viewer to access STL files stored in magento directory. It is like accessing files from different directory which is outside root directory. How can I give a path so that STL viewer can access stl files from magento directory?
Can I try like this?

$mystlpath = $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT']."/../path_to_magento/".$filetoinsertpost;

Here is file structure to make this question more clear:

server root directory
  • Are you trying to load your files from Magento into STL or the other way around? – brentwpeterson Jul 15 '14 at 13:06
  • Trying to load from magento to STL – brainReader Jul 15 '14 at 13:10
  • So this really isn't a Magento question. – brentwpeterson Jul 15 '14 at 19:23
  • That is why I asked it in webmasters.stackexchange and it was migrated here – brainReader Jul 16 '14 at 4:34

From this question you can do:



dirname(__FILE__) . '/..';

...but in a web server environment you will probably find that you are already working from current file's working directory, so you can probably just use:


...to reference the directory above. You can also replace dirname(FILE) with DIR from PHP 5.3.0 onwards

  • I tried ..\ method, it didn't work. Should try dirname() method – brainReader Jul 15 '14 at 12:27
  • Dont use \, try with /. Its not the same. – mbalparda Jul 15 '14 at 12:44
  • Yeah, I tried ../, it didn't work. This is the error which I got: failed to open stream, no such directory – brainReader Jul 15 '14 at 12:48
  • Can you tell me more accurately that how can I use it? – brainReader Jul 15 '14 at 13:05
  • Try this die(var_dump($_SERVER)) and paste it here. We are looking for $_SERVER["DOCUMENT_ROOT"] exactly. – mbalparda Jul 15 '14 at 13:19

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