I have recently started to get the following error on a SafeCracker form in an ExpressionEngine v2.5.5 website.

A PHP Error was encountered
Severity: Notice
Message: Undefined property: EE::$view
Filename: libraries/File_field.php
Line Number: 618

Fatal error: Call to a member function head_link() on a non-object in /path/to/website/system/expressionengine/libraries/File_field.php on line 618

The other than standard text inputs, this form also references WYGWAM, P&T Checkboxes, P&T Dropdown, VZ URL and Safecracker File. The form has worked fine in the past, so not really sure what the heck is triggering this error now.

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    I have the same problem with one of my SC form. I noticed that it was occurring when there is a validation error, but I didn't figured out why it raise a php error.
    – pvledoux
    Aug 13, 2014 at 13:57
  • I am having this problem as well, with my {exp:zoo_visitor:update_form} form. It only happens when there is a validation error. I'm on EE 2.9.0 and Zoo Visitor 1.3.32, and the line number it references is '704' Sep 22, 2014 at 16:44
  • Oh, also, this error DOES NOT show up if I remove the 'error_handling="inline"' from my update_form tag... Sep 22, 2014 at 17:15
  • I don't use safecracker nor do I use a version that old. But what the error is telling you is that the view library is not loaded when it's trying to use it. Is there a browser method that ends up calling the _browser_css method which is creating the error? Try ee()->load->library('view'); somewhere in there. Feb 11, 2015 at 21:48
  • How did you fare Brendon? Did the below answer help (please mark it as so if it did)? Are you still facing issues?
    – Blatant
    May 22, 2015 at 9:05

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That error is telling you that you don't have the view library loaded and you need it to make that call. Removing error_handling="inline" would prevent the errors from manipulating the view.

I'm assuming line 618 is loading css in a _browser_css method based on my version. That method is called by a browser method. Place ee()->load->library('view'); inside the browser method anywhere before the calls to the methods that require view.

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