Uploading images

Posted on 2004-09-16
Last Modified: 2006-11-17
How come I keep getting no files specified ? how do I figure out the path. If thats the problem. This page is on my website where my sites hosted too.

if($file_name !="") {
copy ("$file", "/usr/local/root/$file_name")
        or die("Could not Copy the File");
            else {die("No Files Specified"); }
            <html><head><title>Upload Complete</title></head>
            <body><h3>File upload succeeded...</h3>
            <li>Sent: <?php echo "$file_name"; ?>
            <li>Size: <?php echo "$file_size"; ?>
            <li>Type: <?php echo "$file_type"; ?>
            <a href="<?php echo "$file_name" ?> ">
                                         Click Here to View File</a>
Question by:smphil
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Expert Comment

ID: 12080985
Do you have "enctype='multipart/form-data'" in your form tag?  This is required to post files.

also, here is an upload function you could try using :

function upload_file()

        //file too big
        if($_FILES['userfile']['size']>$_POST['MAX_FILE_SIZE'] || !$_FILES['userfile']['size'] || $_FILES['userfile']['error']==2)
             return -1;
        //file name
        //upload dir

        $dest=$dir . $userfile;

        //file correctly uploaded
                //we move it to upload dir
                        return -3;
                //set perission
                @chmod($dest, 0664);
                return -3;

        //all right!
        return 1;

I think your problem is that your using $file as the filename.. ( i presume that this is what you call the input text box name on your form) and doing this is correct. you must reference the filename using $_REQUEST['file']['tmp_name'] to get the name of the file being uploaded.

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Accepted Solution

cLFlaVA earned 500 total points
ID: 12080988

First of all, change your code to this:

if($file_name != "") {
    copy ($file_name, "/usr/local/root/$file_name") or die("Could not Copy the File");
} else {
    die("No Files Specified");


Second of all:
Where are you getting $file_name from?  It should be taken from the $_FILES global array.  Try this:

$file_name = $_FILES['file_field_name']['tmp_name'];
if($file_name != "") {
    copy ($file_name, "/usr/local/root/$file_name") or die("Could not Copy the File");
} else {
    die("No Files Specified");


Author Comment

ID: 12081025

$file_name  is the name of the actual uploaded file
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Expert Comment

ID: 12081032
Then try...

$file_name = $_FILES['file_name']['tmp_name'];
if($file_name != "") {
    copy ($file_name, "/usr/local/root/$file_name") or die("Could not Copy the File");
} else {
    die("No Files Specified");

And do make sure that your form has the property enctype="multipart/form-data"

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