5

Can't seem to find the difference between these. D6 is what I need to know, but would love to know how those looks into 7 and even 8.

7

$base_root is:

The root URL of the host, excluding the path.

e.g. http://localhost

$base_url is:

The base URL of the drupal installation.

again, e.g. http://localhost

The only situation I can think of where these would be different is if your Drupal installation is in a sub-folder of the web root. In that case $base_url would also contain the sub-folder in the path, e.g. http://localhost/drupal

The descriptions in the documentation are exactly the same for both across versions 6, 7 and 8.

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