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User Input to text to array

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#1 Misanthrope


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Posted 21 October 2010 - 04:53 PM

Hello people,
I make finally crossing-over to the PHP world in order to accomplish what I need to do.

I'm seeking to develop two scripts that will:

1) take user form input (a url) and write it to text (a list of urls)
2) take the urls in the text file and convert each into string to be stored in an array.

So far I think I've produced a semi-functional 1) but I'm having a ** of a time with 2).

Here's my code for the 1) script:


$filename = "url_list.txt";
$text = "\n" . $_POST['url1'];

$fp = fopen ($filename, 'a');
if ($fp) {
fwrite ($fp, $text);
fclose ($fp);

echo ("URL was not written!");

/* Re-direct to Index */
header("Location: index.php");

Feel free to criticize it.

What I'm having trouble with is accomplishing number 2)

Anyone know how?
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#2 Alexander



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Posted 21 October 2010 - 05:16 PM

You can always use the functions file_get_contents() and file_put_contents() as they were designed to simplify the task of reading/writing to a file. They are equivalent to using fopen() functions.

$filename = "url_list.txt";
$text = "\n" . $_POST['url1'];

//writing portion, we append $text to a file
if(!file_put_contents($filename, $text, FILE_APPEND)) {
echo ("URL was not written!");

//reading portion, we store contents of $filename into $contents
$contents = file_get_contents($filename);
//explode each line into an array
$array = explode("\n", $contents);
echo $array[3]; //print line 4
You can read more about the functions here:
PHP: file_put_contents - Manual
PHP: file_get_contents - Manual
PHP: explode - Manual
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