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Hi! I'm wondering if there's any way to check if a variable passed by a query string is an integer ...

For example:

?var=5

5 is an integer, but not to php:
is_int($var) === false

I know how to require an integer, but if it's optional to pass either a string or an integer, how can I check the data type?
I don't think " is_numeric() " would work because a numeric string is not the same as an integer ...
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Question by:Julian Matz
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by:Julian Matz
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Would something like this work ? :

if ( eregi( "^([0-9]{1,6})$",$str ) ) {
 echo $str;
} else {
 echo '$str is not an integer ...';
}

Is that regex valid syntax ?
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by:Julian Matz
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Thanks callrs!

Just out of curiosity: would my regex match also have done it ?
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by:callrs
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It works & is easy to test by running a php file from the command line php-cgi.exe. But for negative integers, would need slight change.

More examples: http://ca.php.net/eregi

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