@JJJ – you were correct; I wasn’t using the absolute path – I tried your code and got no errors. Many thanks.
@Andy – Thanks for your help also; I tried your code and am no longer getting the error messages.
The challenge: still no buddybar.
Right now I’m using Andy’s code at the top of the bb-config.php. I have the call files in header and footer of the template. It’s just not showing.