Sequentially Rename All Image Files In A Directory With PHP

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 12:36

The following function will rename all of the image files in a directory to be sequential. The parameters are the path of the directory that the files are in and the name of a function that will be used to sort the array of files through the PHP usort() function.


Create A File Or Directory With Phing

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 15:56

After following the last post on deleting files and directories in Phing you might now be wondering if you can create things as well. The answer is yes.

To create a directory with Phing you need to use the mkdir element. The dir attribute is used to give the name of the directory to be created. The following example will create a directory called myProject_build in the current working directory (ie. where you are running phing from).


Deleting Directories With Phing

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 16:14

Although using Phing is mainly about copying files, you might also need to delete directories and files using the delete element. Remember that the default behavior of copy command copies files only if the source files are different from the destination files. A prudent approach might be to delete the build directory and then recreate it, ready for Phing to copy files into.


Turn Off PHP Parsing In A Directory

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 15:24

Sometimes it is necessary to turn off PHP parsing for a directory. You might want to give away some source code and therefore don't want to parse that code when the user tries to download it. You could just rename the file to have the extension .phps, which is a PHP source file, but this is an alternate method.

To turn off PHP parsing in a directory just create a .htaccess file with the following content.

php_flag engine off

You can expand on this by adding the following:


Moving Files In PHP

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 11:05

I have been asked a couple of times recently if PHP has a function that will move a file, so I thought I would put the solution here.

PHP has a function called rename() which can be used to rename a file, but because of the way it works it can be used to move files. Let's say that you wanted to rename a file called test.txt to test_back.txt, this can be accomplished by doing the following.


Directory Iteration With DirectoryIterator() In PHP 5

Friday, September 26, 2008 - 10:53

The normal way of looping through a directory is to get a handle on the directory, then go through each item, making sure that the file is readable and is not "." or ".." before doing something with the file. Because this is done a lot the DirectoryIterator() object was created in PHP5 to simplify this process.

The constructor of the DirectoryIterator() object takes a single parameter, this is the path of the directory that is to be iterated over.