[theme-reviewers] fopen, fgets and freads errors

Tom Matteson perspectivevision at gmail.com
Sat Jul 16 20:49:39 UTC 2011

Darren ... the first one switched to using a different theme because they
could not resolve this. However, his WordPress installation was in a
subdirectory (see the errors below **with the user's domain and subdirectory
edited**) I do know the first user's site was hosted by surpasshosting dot
com and per their security settings they would not enable allow_url_fopen
... other than that I am unaware of their php.ini settings

[function.fopen]: failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be
found in
/home/primaryd/public_html/sub-directory/wp-includes/functions.php on line

Warning: fread(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in
/home/primaryd/public_html/sub-directory/wp-includes/functions.php on line

Warning: fclose(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in
/home/primaryd/public_html/sub-directory/wp-includes/functions.php on line

One thing I had read somewhere is that using absolute paths (direct links)
as opposed to relative paths could cause these errors to appear. In the
Wordsmith Anvil theme the only direct links are:

   - Developer and WordPress.org credit links (common with most all themes)
   - Link to FAQ and Theme Home page in Admin Theme Options Page (fairly
   - Various license links (common with all themes)
   - Direct links assigned to Social Media variables for Twitter, FB,
   Flickr, YouTube ...[eg $flickrurl = 'http://www.flickr.com/photos/';]
   (common to themes with these options)

The second user's site is hosted with secureserver.net (there apparently
have been some errors with that host server and WordPress in the past see:

The errors on the second user's site were the same. The user has currently
deactivated the theme and has an under construction page displayed. I have
emailed her to ask that she re-activate to get addtional feedback. I imagine
it will be re-activated at some point today. For reference, the url to that
site is: http://homesweethomerescue.org/

As I discover additional details I will provide them.

*Best Regards
Tom Matteson*

On Sat, Jul 16, 2011 at 12:37 PM, Darren Slatten <darrenslatten at gmail.com>wrote:

> This would be a lot easier to diagnose if you could provide information
> like:
>    - hosting environment
>    - php.ini settings
>    - full text of error messages
>    - what types of pages/requests generate the errors
> If the errors are only showing in 2:10,000 installations, then there's a
> good chance that those 2 users have an unusual server configuration or
> file/URL structure. Could be caused by something like trying to open/include
> a file or image that isn't in the typical location, relative to your theme.
> On Sat, Jul 16, 2011 at 3:47 AM, Tom Matteson <perspectivevision at gmail.com
> > wrote:
>> Greetings All Concerned ...
>> I have a theme on the Repository--Wordsmith Anvil--which does not use
>> fopen, fgets or freads functions. It has been downloaded close to 10,000
>> times and I have just received a comment from the second user who is
>> receiving errors referencing "failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper
>> could be found in ...", or "supplied argument is not a valid stream resource
>> in ..." with this theme. The errors all point to various lines of
>> wp-includes/functions.php, except one file reference to the theme default
>> css file, style.css. The first user told me they disabled all plugins. Also,
>> they performed a fresh WordPress install and did not see the errors using
>> TwentyTen and a number of other themes. The second user who contacted me
>> yesterday told me they do not have any plugins installed and when they
>> activated the Wordsmith Anvil theme, these errors display at the top of the
>> page.
>> Knowing that these functions are not used in this theme; yet the errors
>> seem to be theme specific, and each user experiencing these errors have
>> WordPress installations hosted on entirely different servers I am more
>> uncertain as to why these errors are being displayed. I was hoping someone
>> on this list may have experienced this with another theme and could shed
>> some light on why these errors would occur when the theme does not use those
>> functions. In fact, if these functions had been used in my theme, I am
>> fairly certain it would not have been approved anyway.
>> Otto, Nathan, Chip, Justin, Emil, Cais, etc ... any thoughts or feedback
>> on this. I would like to address this so that users in the future do not see
>> these errors.
>> *Best Regards
>> Tom Matteson*
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