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`yourls_plugin_url()` breaks on symlinks #2541

dgw opened this issue Aug 2, 2019 · 0 comments


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commented Aug 2, 2019

Describe the bug
If a plugin directory is symlinked into YOURLS' plugins directory, calls to yourls_plugin_url() for that plugin's directory return nonexistent, incorrect URLs.

To Reproduce
Steps to reproduce the behavior:

  1. Symlink a plugin directory into YOURLS_ROOT/user/plugins/
  2. Load a page that the plugin affects, e.g. by injecting a script or stylesheet

A plugin that uses yourls_plugin_url() is needed, of course. I discovered this issue while installing the Sleeky backend.

So, let's say I have a plugin living in /home/dgw/repos/Sleeky/sleeky-backend, with symlink /home/dgw/yourls/user/plugins/sleeky-backend pointing to it, for the purpose of explanation.

Expected behavior
The injected asset loads correctly. yourls_plugin_url('file.ext') generates the URL https://yourls_site/user/plugins/sleeky-backend/file.ext

Actual behavior
The injected asset fails to load, because the URL generated is incorrect. yourls_plugin_url('file.ext') generates https://yourls_site/home/dgw/repos/Sleeky/sleeky-backend/file.ext.

YOURLS 1.7.x (the code for this function has not changed since 1.6) on Ubuntu Linux under nginx with php-fpm.

Additional context
I made the examples above with a specific file for clarity. However, Sleeky itself uses yourls_plugin_url( __DIR__ ) and then stores that value for later. Either way, the method used in yourls_plugin_basename() to remove the leading absolute path is likely the root cause here.

There's an easy workaround to this, of course: Don't symlink plugin directories. But this approach to adding plugins works in many, many different software packages—I use it a ton. Low priority this bug may be, I do think it really is a bug.

@dgw dgw added the bug label Aug 2, 2019

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