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PHP glob() Function


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Definition and Usage

The glob() function returns an array of filenames or directories matching a specified pattern.

This function returns an array of files/directories, or FALSE on failure.

Syntax

glob(pattern,flags)

Parameter Description
pattern Required. Specifies the pattern to search for
flags Optional. Specifies special settings.

Possible values:

  • GLOB_MARK - Adds a slash to each item returned
  • GLOB_NOSORT - Return files as they appear in the directory (unsorted)
  • GLOB_NOCHECK - Returns the search pattern if no match were found
  • GLOB_NOESCAPE - Backslashes do not quote metacharacters
  • GLOB_BRACE - Expands {a,b,c} to match 'a', 'b', or 'c'
  • GLOB_ONLYDIR - Return only directories which match the pattern
  • GLOB_ERR - (added in PHP 5.1) Stop on errors (errors are ignored by default)

Example 1

<?php
print_r(glob("*.txt"));
?>

The output of the code above could be:

Array
(
[0] => target.txt
[1] => source.txt
[2] => test.txt
[3] => test2.txt
)

Example 2

<?php
print_r(glob("*.*"));
?>

The output of the code above could be:

Array
(
[0] => contacts.csv
[1] => default.php
[2] => target.txt
[3] => source.txt
[4] => tem1.tmp
[5] => test.htm
[6] => test.ini
[7] => test.php
[8] => test.txt
[9] => test2.txt
)

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