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why is php exec not working on digitalocean

I have script that create folder for any user that sign up, and the script working perfectly fine on local, after pushing to server it refuse to work.

$createDir =  "cd ../../merchants && mkdir ".$merchant->merchant_id" && cd ".$merchant->merchant_id;
exec($createDir);

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Hi there @uyoobong,

This is not really DigitalOcean specific, you probably have the shell_exec, exec and etc. functions disabled in your php.ini file.

What you could do is create a PHP info file and check if this is the case:

<?php

phpinfo();

?>

Then visit the file via your browser and look for disable_functions. If this is the case edit your php.ini file and remove the shell_exec functions from the disabled_functions list and then restart your Apache service.

Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby