Running a Unix shell script from PHP

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I can't kick off a unix shell script from inside my PHP web page...can I?  

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bakumAuthor Commented:
I've upped the point value here because while those commands are useful...what I want to run is a ~script~.  And I can't seem to make the script run.  The command returns no output, return value is 1.  

It might bear upon the situation that the script makes an FTP connection and downloads any files that are in the remote directory.  Anyone think this is possible?  

Here is the PHP code I'm trying to execute...$output never returns anything:

$output = `sh >>logfile.txt`;
echo $output;

here is the works great when executed from the command line:


ftp -n<<END_SCRIPT
quote USER $USER
lcd releases
mget  *.*

exit 0

$output will never get anything because you redirected all output to logfile txt. That is, if your sample runs anything at all - I'm not sure backticks (``) create an environment enough to find sh - try replacing it with /bin/sh

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bakumAuthor Commented:
Outstanding.  Once again, this is truly an "EXPERTS" exchange.  

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