I'm not sure...
I always echo... I don't really like embedded code... gets confusing when
one part of the page is one thing and another is another.
At the very least you coudl try it, I know its farily easy to build a script
which will rip through the script to fix it to make it all php friendly.

The other alternative is to have a script require() the php file, just set
your variables in the script, then require('catalog.php');
All code will be executed as if it were part of the script.

----- Original Message -----
From: Ron Stagg <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2002 2:49 PM
Subject: RE: [PHP] **** Converting dynamic webpages into static HTML pages

I like your direction.

When running PHP as a static binary, how does it handle text (HTML code)
that falls outsize of the <?PHP  ?> tags.  Is the text ignored or


-----Original Message-----
From: Matt Vos [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2002 12:42 PM
Subject: Re: [PHP] **** Converting dynamic webpages into static HTML

Compile php as a static binary (CGI execution mode?) and add something
the following to your code at the top:

$arg_count = 1;
while ($arg_count < count($argv))
    $argument = $argv[$arg_count];
    $arg_split = split("=",$argument);
    $variable = trim($arg_split[0]);
    $value = trim($arg_split[1]);

    if ($variable != "" && $value != "") $$variable = $value;

    $arg_count = $arg_count + 1;

Make catalog.php executable, then run it as such:
(assuming product_type and product_seq are the vars you use)
./catalog.php product_type=1 product_seq=2 > products.html


----- Original Message -----
From: Ron Stagg <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2002 2:18 PM
Subject: [PHP] **** Converting dynamic webpages into static HTML pages

I have an interesting challenge.  I have built an online product catalog
that is driven entirely by the contents of the product database (MySQL).
The entire catalog is implemented in a single PHP script (catalog.php).
The dynamic nature of this implementation allows the catalog script to
generate hundreds of product description pages.

Now, my client has requested that I give him the ability to generate a
static version of the catalog so that he can burn it onto a CD for
distribution at trade shows.  He wants the CD to be a snapshot of the
catalog.  Furthermore, he wants to be able to generate this "snapshot"
frequently so that pricing info on the CD will be current.  To
accommodate this, the process for generating the snapshot must be easy
and intuitive.

My plan of attack is to generate static HTML files by running the
catalog script once for each product in the database. Here is my
quandary; instead of echoing the output to a buffer for Apache to send
off to the client, I need the script to output to a file.  I do not want
to write a second version of catalog.php that writes everything to file.
There must be an easier way to do this.  Is there a way I can access the
output buffer that Apache sends to the client?

Any other ideas?



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