Try sprintf(). 

-----Original Message-----
From: mayo [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: 27 May 2005 14:02
Subject: [PHP-DB] printf() in a variable, or alternative to

I need to be able to format data.
Printf() is perfect because I need a certain amount of characters (30 for
However I need this formatted data to be inside a file that's fwrite() and
then FTPed to a distributor who will parse it and input into their database.
printf("% 4d",$orderID[0]); does not work in
"data" .
"moredate" .
"evenmoredata" .
In effect I need the output of printf() to be placed inside a variable and I
don't see how to do that. Str_pad(), of course, does not work. 
Thx for any hints.

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