In article <00b601c2801a$a5c3e8e0$0500a8c0@honeybee>, 
> I never noticed before...there is no easy way to perform random-access read and 
>WRITE on a
> file.
> I vote/recommend/suggest that this most basic functionality be added to the next 
> of PHP.  This would not be an enhancement; rather, it is correcting a serious flaw.
> Or am I missing something????
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Marek Kilimajer" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Sent: Wednesday, October 30, 2002 6:28 AM
> Subject: Re: [PHP] write on the begin of a file
> There is no insert in fputs, you need to make a new file and then rename
> it to
> your old one, or build it in the memory and then overwrite it.
> Sébastien Eckert -- Netika wrote:

I'm going to stick my neck out here - as I understand it, this is not an 
omission in php, rather it is a restriction of the underlying OS/file 
system. <Extends neck more> To the best of my knowledge, neither the FAT 
based system of M$DOS or e2fs under *nix will allow random access _to the 
contents of a specific file_ without the need to read/rewrite the 
entire file. Is there in fact any file system that allows this?

Now I shall don my Nomex gear and await responses from those more 
knowledgeable :-)

David Robley
Temporary Kiwi!

Quod subigo farinam

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