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If you are trying to get a curl script which needs follow on location functionality to run on a server which has either open_basedir or safe mode enabled you will get an error message similar to the following:

CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION cannot be activated when in safe_mode or an open_basedir is set

After a bit of digging, some kind soul has put a workaround here

Here is how to use the function

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function curl($url){
$go = curl_init($url);
curl_setopt ($go, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
//follow on location problems

if (ini_get('open_basedir') == '' && ini_get('safe_mode' == 'Off')){

curl_setopt ($go, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, $l);

$syn = curl_exec($go);

}else{

$syn = curl_redir_exec($go);

}

curl_close($go);
return $syn;
}

//follow on location problems workaround

function curl_redir_exec($ch)

{

static $curl_loops = 0;

static $curl_max_loops = 20;

if ($curl_loops++ >= $curl_max_loops)

{

$curl_loops = 0;

return FALSE;

}

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, true);

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);

$data = curl_exec($ch);

list($header, $data) = explode("\n\n", $data, 2);

$http_code = curl_getinfo($ch, CURLINFO_HTTP_CODE);

if ($http_code == 301 || $http_code == 302)

{

$matches = array();

preg_match('/Location:(.*?)\n/', $header, $matches);

$url = @parse_url(trim(array_pop($matches)));

if (!$url)

{

//couldn't process the url to redirect to

$curl_loops = 0;

return $data;

}

$last_url = parse_url(curl_getinfo($ch, CURLINFO_EFFECTIVE_URL));

if (!$url['scheme'])

$url['scheme'] = $last_url['scheme'];

if (!$url['host'])

$url['host'] = $last_url['host'];

if (!$url['path'])

$url['path'] = $last_url['path'];

$new_url = $url['scheme'] . '://' . $url['host'] . $url['path'] . ($url['query']?'?'.$url['query']:'');

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $new_url);

return curl_redir_exec($ch);

} else {

$curl_loops=0;

return $data;

}

}