php require_once path difference between windows and linux

I have a file located in my CakePHP root folder placed under a folder named cron. Path is:


This file requires another file placed inside vendor folder of cake structure, like this:


And i run this daily.php from task scheduler. This is the scenario in my development site.(Windows system). It works fine as expected. When i migrated the project to Ubuntu(production site), the require statement started causing issues; it cant find the required file. I made a small change there, like this:

require("../vendors/phpMailer/class.phpmailer.php"); <= removed the preceding slash

And it worked. So my doubt is, is there a difference in how parent directory notation work in widows and Linux? If so, how can i overcome this? Its not feasible to remove a slash every time I move the project from my development site(windows) to production site (Linux).

I tried this:


It worked in linux. But gave "no such file directory" error in windows. It seems windows works only with:



From @TWCrap's help problem was solved as follows:


It works in both windows and linux(* tears of joy *). But in windows it produces path as:


This path looks ugly and i hope it wont cause probs in future!

-Thanks guys!


AS i remember, when you put 1 dot infront of the line, you start at the directory you are. So then the line must look like this:


And that should work at windows and linux....

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