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filetype

(PHP 3, PHP 4 )

filetype -- Gets file type

Description

string filetype ( string filename)

Returns the type of the file. Possible values are fifo, char, dir, block, link, file, and unknown.

Returns FALSE if an error occurs. filetype() will also produce an E_NOTICE message if the stat call fails or if the file type is unknown.

Note: The results of this function are cached. See clearstatcache() for more details.

Note: This function will not work on remote files as the file to be examined must be accessible via the servers filesystem.

Example 1. filetype() example

<?php

echo filetype('/etc/passwd');  // file
echo filetype('/etc/');        // dir

 ?>

See also is_dir(), is_file(), is_link(), file_exists(), stat(), and mime_content_type().

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