Support » Plugin: WP Search » [Plugin: WP Search] Warning: file_exists()…. open_basedir restriction

  • Hello,
    I can still see this message:
    Warning: file_exists() [function.file-exists]: open_basedir restriction in effect. File(/tmp/wpsearch) is not within the allowed path(s):….
    ….WPSearch/Log.php on line 156, 161

    I manually added a subdirectory tmp (wp-content/tmp) but it did not fix the problem. No standard relevant warning in plugin’s interface is visible (permissions etc.) only this notice:

    FastCGI is enabled on this server. You may have to extend your FastCGI timout for WPSearch to index properly.

    Any ideas?
    Thank you very much, with regards Joo

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  • Lee


    Open_basedir is a PHP security restriction added to either php.ini or a site’s virtual hosts file on the server. It prevents PHP from accessing directories above the directory specified by the open_basedir directive. Not sure the solution in this case but I wouldn’t lift the restriction. There’s a little more about this here.

    As a basic explanation,

    if the path to your site relative to the server is


    and WordPress is installed in the site’s root directory (/your-site/) then the path to wp-content would be


    and the plugin would be stored in


    Open_basedir would normally be configured in the virtual host file for the site to prevent PHP scripts from looking outside of the site’s root directory. That’s to say

    php_admin_value open_basedir "/var/www/your-site/"

    This keeps hackers from making a mess of all sites on the server if they manage to upload a PHP shell below the ‘/your-site/’ directory.

    Are you running WordPress on a home or dedicated server?



    Hello, my WP runs on shared hosting without any difficulties (the only problem is safe_mode set on “true” for some cache plugins). The (sub)folder(s) structure is default.

    Frankly, “I am searching for WP search plugin” REALLY capable to find the data strings “hidden” both in shorcodes and ALT/TITLE/CAPTION parameters. Your plugin seems to be an interesting improvement of ugly default WordPress search, but I am not sure if is able to do this “deep search” (in the current version :-))

    Thanks for your message, with best regards, Joo



    hi Joo-Joo. This isn’t one of my plugins. You can easily integrate Google Custom Search into your site. There are several search plugins you can use too. Such as


    The developer of this plugin (WP Search) probably isn’t aware of your question. Developers are not automatically advised of questions posted at about their plugins.

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