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How can I send a variable from a text field in an html doc to a php page?

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Ultimately I need to send a variable which is really a web address to a php page after a button is clicked on the html page.

The two issues I currently have are:

I'm not entirely sure how to build the html page that will send a variable that the php page would recognize.  I successfully built an upload page with no problem, but this delete page, which you type in the web address that has permissions to delete a certain file seems totally unrelated.  

html page so far for deleting interface:

<FORM ACTION="deleteTest.php" NAME="application">
application date: <INPUT TYPE=TEXT NAME="deletedFile" SIZE=10>
<P>
<BUTTON TYPE=RESET><FONT COLOR=RED>Reset Form</FONT></BUTTON>
<BUTTON TYPE=SUBMIT><STRONG>Send address to delete</STRONG></BUTTON>
</FORM>

I was guessing that the name of the variable could go under "deletedFile" but I know this is probably totally wrong.

deleteTest.php I know would probably be extremely simple:

<?php
$myFile = 'deletedFile';
unlink($myFile);
?>

Again, 'deletedFile' would be the variable of the web address that the user types in.

Thanks.
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Question by:bostoncybertech
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 375 total points
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listening &<FORM ACTION="deleteTest.php" NAME="application" METHOD="POST" >
application date: <INPUT TYPE=TEXT NAME="deletedFile" SIZE=10>
<P>
<BUTTON TYPE=RESET><FONT COLOR=RED>Reset Form</FONT></BUTTON>
<BUTTON TYPE=SUBMIT><STRONG>Send address to delete</STRONG></BUTTON>
<INPUT TYPE="HIDDEN" NAME="FILE_TO_DELETE" VALUE="the_file_path"></INPUT>
</FORM>


and in your deleteText.php you can get the hidden input variable:

<?php
$myFile = $_POST["FILE_TO_DELETE"];
unlink($myFile);
?>
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 17853056
ps: you should post this kind of questions rather in the web development topic area...
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by:bostoncybertech
ID: 17853212
For some reason I get this:

Warning: unlink(the_file_path): No such file or directory in /home/homes/bostoncybertech/http.www.bostoncybertech.com/test/deleteTest.php on line 3
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 17853234
i am sorry... I didn't see you had already a input button for the file to delete (sig)

<FORM ACTION="deleteTest.php" NAME="application" METHOD="POST" >
application date: <INPUT TYPE=TEXT NAME="deletedFile" SIZE=10>
<P>
<BUTTON TYPE=RESET><FONT COLOR=RED>Reset Form</FONT></BUTTON>
<BUTTON TYPE=SUBMIT><STRONG>Send address to delete</STRONG></BUTTON>
</FORM>


and in your deleteText.php you can get the input variable:

<?php
$myFile = $_POST["deletedFile"];
unlink($myFile);
?>

note that the FORM got the METHOD="POST" attribute which is important... just in case you had not seen that.
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by:bostoncybertech
ID: 17853349
Thanks for your help.  I still get the same error:
Warning: unlink(http://www.bostoncybertech.com/test/uploads/Winter.jpg): No such file or directory in /home/homes/bostoncybertech/http.www.bostoncybertech.com/test/deleteTest.php on line 3

All I want this to do is delete a file specified by a web address that has the appropriate permissions to delete.
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by:bostoncybertech
ID: 17853945
I understand the issue I have now.  Delete can not look at a web address. I have to put the delete html and php files in the directory of the files and type an address as simple as a file name, and not a full path and it works.  Thanks!
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