Ed wrote:

The timestamp idea is an intresting idea and i'll give that method some
thought. I only want it to pull one private message at a time out of the
private message field so it might start getting very messy doing that
method - but it certainly does make it worth considering.

I see (I think) - the timestamp idea was aimed at a public general list of messages. in the case of private messages - they are always aimed at one particular user therefore in such a case a simple flag (true/false) to state whether its been viewed would probably work - or you could just delete the last grabbed message after you have selected it for output.

have fun!

----- Original Message ----- From: "Jochem Maas" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Sent: Friday, January 07, 2005 11:37 AM
Subject: Re: [PHP-DB] select text from a text file

Ed wrote:


Thanks for answering the question.

I'm going to make it write to a database rather than text file after
searching google and coming accross common problems with text files.

I've now just got to figure out how to mark the message as read in the
database so it does not re-appear next time the user clicks update.

TIMESTAMP? you can save in the session when a use last grabbed messages (clicked update) and only return newer messages (i.e. message have a 'created' timestamp) then update the timestamp in the session. there is a window in which it is possible to have a request inserts a new message in between another request's selecting of all new messages and updating the session timestamp value (in such cases the person at the client end of the second request will never see the new message insert in the first request) - to handle that you have to implement some kind of locking mechanism.

good luck is all can say. (PHP implements a 'share nothing' architecture
- not, perse, the easiest or most efficient type of system to build
realtime multi-user environments in - AFAICT)

I'm going to build a function that will put the message in the correct


using an if clause, is that the best method?

your the best judge of that - heh if it works that's the main thing - making it work fast that's something to look at later... and then there is the issue of writing code that neat, tidy, well commented and readable 6 months down the line.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Andrew Kreps" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Ed" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>; <php-db@lists.php.net>
Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2005 6:55 PM
Subject: Re: [PHP-DB] select text from a text file

On Wed, 5 Jan 2005 11:58:59 -0000, Ed <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

Happy new year folks!

The titlemight make this seem like an easy to answer question

However here's the complicated bit (well for me anyway).

In my text file that is written to by the users in a chatroom it looks

like this:

nickname||color||what the user is saying||user

how can i make it so that if they have a private message when they


update it pulls the message from the text file and displays it in the


but also deletes the text?

You should be using a database for this, it makes things so much
easier.  That being said, here's one way to go about the text file

Open the file, read through it line by line.
As you read it, push the lines into an array.
If you find a private message for the user, store that in a variable,
and do not push it into the array.
Finish reading the file.
If there's a private message, you've got it in a variable, and you can
overwrite the private message file with the array you've stored, which
is all of the current private messages minus the one you're about to

Please note, this does not scale at all, especially in the fast-paced
world of chat rooms.  You will likely end up with file locking
problems if you proceed with the flat-file method.

Also, how can i make it so that if in a drop down menu they select the

word "everybody" it goes to a file called messages.txt and if they


"user" or "user2" or "user3" from the list it writes to private.txt is


at all possible? user and user2 etc arent hardcoded it's pulling the


from a list of online users.

Are you talking about appending messages to a text file?  In that
case, you can have the dropdown submit with the message, and in the
PHP code have a case for 'everybody' where it writes to messages.txt,
and if it's not 'everybody', write it to private.txt with the username
that was selected from the dropdown as part of the row.

Does that answer your question?

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