Carl Furst wrote:
You mean like this ?
$file string = file_get_contents(urlencode($file_path)); <>

$result = eval($file_string);


Well I see a few problems with this. One is that scope is not lexical. In other words if $foo exists somewhere in the script and $foo also exists in $file_string then $foo will retain the value it was set to in $file_string. That could lead to some debugging hell. Also, you would have to collect the output and manually return it which means you would have to keep an output cache which means you could only use scripts that cached output and returned them explicitly. However, the flip side is you could have a buffer declared in the local scope that collects the output of $file_string and then put that in the message, but that is not the same as:

$foo = include $bar; # this is, of course, impossible

If you want the include to have it's own variable scope then wrap it with a function. If you want to assign the resulting value via a single call then wrap it in a function. Fortunately both of these combined require one thing... wrap it in a function.


    function eval_include( $path )
        include( $path );
        $result = ob_get_contents();

        return $result;

    $foo = eval_include( $bar );


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