Try this:

$content = implode('', file('../header.html'));

Or if you're running php 4.3.0 or greater:

$content = file_get_contents('../header.html');

Can't get much easier than that :)

PS: That was in the user contributed notes Ed mentioned :)

----- Original message -----
From: "Troy May" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "@ Edwin" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2002 21:45:50 -0800
Subject: RE: [PHP] Opening a file to manipulate it

Thanks Ed!  Yes, another member here told me to use fread(), which is
your link led to if you're not using the CVS version of PHP.  (whatever

I got it working with this:

$file = "../header.html";
$fp = fopen($file, "r");
$header = fread($fp, filesize($file));
fclose ($fp);

echo $header;

I'm a Perl guy so I was looking for an easier way.  In Perl, all you have
do is open it, dump it to a variable and close it.  I thought it would be
that easy in PHP too.  I guess Perl wins there, but PHP is much better
overall so far.  ;)

Thanks again!


-----Original Message-----
From: @ Edwin [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Saturday, November 16, 2002 9:29 PM
To: Troy May
Subject: Re: [PHP] Opening a file to manipulate it


"Troy May" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Hello,
> Extreme newbie here (halfway through my first book :) ).  I need to open a
> file, read the whole file into a variable, manipulate it, and then echo it
> to the screen.  I'm doing it right from my book and it's not working.
> Here's what I have now:
> <? $header = fopen("header.html","r");
> echo $header; ?>
> It writes "Resource id #1" at the top of the page.  What is that?!  :)

Check the manual:

You're echoing the result of fopen() which is an "int"--you have to make
sure that you're using the function properly ;)

> I have also tried using file().  That displays "Array" on the screen.
> am I doing wrong?

I think it's because you're echoing the result of file() which is an
You cannot just "echo $the_array;" Try print_r($the_array) and you'll see
different result--though I doubt it's the one you want to see :)

Check the manual again:

Anyway, I think you're looking for something like this:

Esp. the "User Contributed Notes".


- E

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