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I'm attempting to retrieve a cookie in index.php to record the value in a global_variable. I'd like to do it this way to avoid including PHP/plugin code on every template. Currently I have;

$assign_to_config['global_vars']['user_location'] = $this->EE->input->cookie('user_location');

However this throws the error;

Fatal error: Using $this when not in object context in /xx/xxx/xxx/index.php on line 28

Am I allowed to do this sort of thing?

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This will not work as object isn't being initialized. You can use PHP $_COOKIE to get it.

$assign_to_config['global_vars']['user_location'] = $_COOKIE['user_location'];
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