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PHP version:      4.0.4pl1
PHP Bug Type:     Feature/Change Request
Bug description:  Additional argument in funtion file($a, $b)

dear all 

very often the following expression is being used in applications using file 
manipulation (specially treating XML contents): 

$cont = join ("", file ("test.xml")); 

... i would like to propose an addtional attribute in the argument list of the 
function file(). 

lets consider that: 
$cont = file ("test.xml", FALSE) or $cont = file ("test.xml") 
                would be equivalent to: 
                $cont = file ("test.xml") 

and on the other hand: 
$cont = file ("test.xml", TRUE) 
                would be equivalent to: 
                $cont = join ("", file ("test.xml")) 

the second argument would therefore represent an attribute, which let one specify not 
only to return an ARRAY (attribute=FALSE, default) but also a STRING (attribute=TRUE). 
adding this argument would not affect older or current implementations or usage of the 
function file(). 

what do you think about this? 

best regards, urs 


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