Absolute Path For Codeigniter

In an earlier post I spoke about a missing helper in Codeigniter.  An absolute path, particularly useful when handling images and files. I think it is probably better to extend the core helper path.

Create a file applications/helpers/MY_path_helper.php

 * Absolute Path
 * Returns an absolute path based on your basepath.
 * Segments can be passed via the
 * first parameter either as a string.
 * ie absolute_path('uploads/images/cow/)
 * would
 * @access    public
 * @param    string
 * @return    string
if ( ! function_exists('absolute_path'))
    function absolute_path($path = '')
        $abs_path = str_replace('system/',$path, BASEPATH);
        //Add a trailing slash if it doesn't exist.
        $abs_path = preg_replace("#([^/])/*$#", "\\1/", $abs_path);
        return $abs_path;

You can now call this function anywhere (provided you have loaded the helper).

print absolute_path();

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