Thank you! This is just what I was looking for.  I was not aware of the
output control functions.  Using the ob_ functions will make this
child's play.

Thanks again,


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Hazelden [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2002 12:29 PM
To: Ron Stagg
Subject: RE: [PHP] **** Converting dynamic webpages into static HTML

While this does involve the creation of a second script - it's only a

do an Ob_start at the beginning of the script ...

Then use ob_get_contents to output to a file at the end ... 

Two or three commands (including the fopen) which you'd have to add ...

How's that?


-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Stagg [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: 27 November 2002 19:19
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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