# When MediaWiki has symbolic links to contents then LocalSettings.php is not found

I use Ubuntu 20.04, Apache/2.4.41 (Ubuntu), PHP 8.0.3 and mediawiki-1.35.1. I extracted mediawiki-1.35.1 archive in /var/www/html/, created symbolic link to its contents in another directory, for example var/www/html/m1:

$ln -s /var/www/html/mediawiki-1.35.1/* /var/www/html/m1/  Then I pointed my browser to localhost/m1 and set up the wiki in regular way and put downloaded LocalSettings.php in var/www/html/m1. Then again I pointed my browser to localhost/m1 but the result was: MediaWiki 1.35.1 LocalSettings.php not found. Please set up the wiki first.  Then I moved downloaded LocalSettings.php to /var/www/html/mediawiki-1.35.1 and now localhost/m1 shows the main page of wiki. That is strange; because I think symbolic links must work as their target. Really I want to set up multiple wikis on the same server. Previously I did what I described in Ubuntu 16.04 and mediawiki-1.30.0 and that worked. Now I want to know how I can fix that problem without needing to do the complex instructions of creating wiki family? ## 2 Answers Your LocalSettings.php is included, ultimately, by /var/www/html/mediawiki-1.35.1/index.php: this is the PHP program that runs. It looks for included files in its home directory, which is /var/www/html/mediawiki-1.35.1, not in another directory that happens to contain a symbolic link to index.php. • Mediawiki uses dirname( __FILE__ ) to determine what directory it is running from. It isn't like the directory is hard coded into index.php. I'd think that a symbolic link could cause that function to output the directory that contains the symlink. Mar 22 at 9:12 • stackoverflow.com/a/3304606/6632736 says that __FILE__ resolves symlinks and $_SERVER["SCRIPT_FILENAME"] doesn't, which is what I would expect. Mar 22 at 9:41
• @StephenOstermiller OK! But how I can solve the problem? Mar 22 at 14:23
• @AlexanderMashin I added main part of index.php to the question. How I can solve the problem? Mar 22 at 14:28

I removed symlinks to includes/, load.php and index.php of /var/www/html/mediawiki-1.35.1/ and copy them to the /www/html/m1. This solved the problem.