This is a really simple question that I've wondered for a while now...
what is the best way to read a file? There are so many different
functions for reading files that I have no idea which I should use.
readfile() returns its values to standard output -- I don't want to use
this, since my script needs to load the data in the file into a variable
(it's a .xsl file). fgets() looks like it could work if I made an array
out of each line read and then imploded them. fread() looks like the
'main' function for reading from files. fpassthru() -- I guess if
you're already in the middle of a file it's a good way to finish?
There are other functions for reading files, but they are less
ambiguous, with purposes like reading from sockets or certain kinds of
files. I'm not interested in those -- I just want to know which
function I should use to simply read a file and store the file's
contents in a variable (for later actions to be performed on/with this
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