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Thread: [RESOLVED] Best way to check whether a file is file or directory when using FTP

  1. #1
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    resolved [RESOLVED] Best way to check whether a file is file or directory when using FTP

    I have to loop through a list of directories to look for a file, but I cannot use the filesystem functions because the list is retrieved from an FTP connection and a priori I wouldn't have to know the real path to the file. So, I use ftp_nlist to retrieve an array with all the directories within a relative path, but I only want to do something with the subdirectories: to check whether a file exists within any of them (just one level deep needed), and discard the files and current or parent directories.

    As far as I know I cannot use functions like is_dir nor is_file nor file_exists because I can't get the real path (both absolute and relative) to them. I thought on using ftp_size but I'm not sure if it's ok and if there's a better way.

    Any suggestions appreciated.

  2. #2
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    Aug 2004
    You could try adding the -F flag, which if it works will append a "/" to the end of directory names (and may append "*" to end of executables).
    PHP Code:
    $contents ftp_list($ftp'-F relative/directory'); 
    Alternatively you could use ftp_rawlist() instead, and parse the the beginning of each entry where it lists the file type and permissions info.

    I won't guarantee, however, that you'll get the same results from different target hosts.
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    Jul 2007


    I will try those options. Thanks a lot!

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