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[Resolved] error 'misconfigured setting' when wp-config.php outside wp root

  • I love slimstat, but think I stumbled over a bug today:

    With line 4 of wp-slimstat-js.php you set the path to wp-config.phg using $wp_root_folder = '../../..'; which may work fine in a standard wordpress installation, but not if you follow good practice for hardening wordpress, which also suggests to move wp-config.php outside your htdocs folder.

    May I suggest you use lines 26 to 34 of wp-load.php which retrieves wp-config.php from the wordpress-folder, or – if missing – from the folder above.

    Editing the plugin manually as your comment in wp-slimstat-js.php line 3/6 suggests is undesirable.

    Is there any particular reason that you do direct mysql_connects instead of using the $wpdb object?

    “Tanti Saluti”, pixolin


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  • Plugin Author Jason Crouse


    Hi there,

    thank you for pointing this out. According to the lines of code you referenced, wp-config could be moved to the parent folder, so my code should be looking there as well:

    if ( file_exists( ABSPATH . 'wp-config.php') ) {
    	/** The config file resides in ABSPATH */
    	require_once( ABSPATH . 'wp-config.php' );
    } elseif ( file_exists( dirname(ABSPATH) . '/wp-config.php' ) && ! file_exists( dirname(ABSPATH) . '/wp-settings.php' ) ) {
    	/** The config file resides one level above ABSPATH but is not part of another install */
    	require_once( dirname(ABSPATH) . '/wp-config.php' );
    } else {
    	// A config file doesn't exist

    I will modify wp-slimstat-js.php to keep this exception in account.

    The reason why I don’t load the ENTIRE WordPress engine to execute just a couple of queries is quite evident: performance 😉


    PS: a vote for my plugin would be a nice way to say thank you.

    Thanks for your kind attention.

    Oh, and regarding the vote: been there, done that (a while ago already).
    Keep up the good work!

    Ciao, pixolin.

    Plugin Author Jason Crouse


    A fix has already been added to 2.8.7 🙂



    my config.php is pointing to the actual configuration file like so


    seems to create Error parsing wp-config with slimstat.

    Any cure for that?

    Plugin Author Jason Crouse


    Hi Thob,

    in your case you will need to point wp-slimstat-js.php to the REAL config file, basically where the DB access params are defined. You will have to edit it every time you update WP SlimStat (I’m working on a way to avoid that, though).


    PS: a vote for my plugin would be a nice way to say thank you.

    thanks! – will do 🙂

    Hmm, the file is in a parallel directory like 5 up and then into a dir that’s parallel to www. How would I write it?


    Plugin Author Jason Crouse


    Use .. for each folder up 😉

    Let’s say you have slimstat in


    and your wp-config is in


    Then you need to go 3 up and 1 down:


    Hopefully your file is called wp-config.php 😀

    If it’s not, you will have to further edit the code of my file to make it work for you.

    I will add this to the next release (only if you are willing to change your vote from 4 to 5 stars hehe… just kidding).


    it’s named differently 😉 what else do I have to edit then?

    Plugin Author Jason Crouse


    I’m wondering why anyone would have such a non-standard environment. What are the benefits of this approach? Once I get access to the first file, I know where to find the second, no matter how you call it 🙂

    Anyway, a solution to your problem will be implemented soon.

    Stay tuned and thanks for your vote!

    If I remember correctly it was a security advice. But you are right one leads to the other

    btw: you got 5* for excellent product & support 🙂

    Update: here is the post about moving the configuration file

    Plugin Author Jason Crouse


    Thank you for the reference, much appreciated. I am implementing the workaround, which basically will allow you to write the path to your wp-config in a file within your wp-content folder. WP SlimStat will search for that file, and use the path to locate your wp-config 🙂 And even if you update WP SlimStat, your file won’t be overwritten.



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