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Listing Files in a Directory

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I'm trying to set up part of my website so it's easier to share files. To be frank I have no clue where to search.
There are a few things I would like it to do if any one can help:
- List files in the directory so that I don't need to update the page (auto list )
- Not have the exact location but have them as lets say" file.php?filename=test.rar" (stops leaching)

Formatting would be the easy part (i think) because that could be done in a loop if I'm correct

Please if anyone could give be a shove or a kick in the right direction I would be great full.
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by:Zack Soderquist
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You may want to look at some of the built in PHP Directory Functions

scandir might be a good one http://us.php.net/manual/en/function.scandir.php

Here's a link to all the directory functions http://us.php.net/manual/en/ref.dir.php
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netmunky earned 500 total points
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http://www.php.net/dir
has documentation on most of the functions you need to get the list

for getting the file, you'll need
http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.finfo-file.php
http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.readfile.php

you'll needs some security checks in this (so you don't serve /etc/passwd), but the gist of it is something like:
<?php
$finfo = finfo_open();
header( "Content-type: ".finfo_file( $finfo, $_GET['filename'] ) );
readfile( $_GET['filename'] );
?>
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if you don't have access to install the PECL finfo extension, check out the depricated http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.mime-content-type.php
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by:Zack Soderquist
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scandir only works with PHP5

Here is a PHP4 alternative

$dir = "/tmp";
$dh  = opendir($dir);
while (false !== ($filename = readdir($dh))) {
    $files[] = $filename;
}
sort($files);
print_r($files);
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$dir = "/tmp";
$dh  = opendir($dir);
while (false !== ($filename = readdir($dh))) {
    $files[] = $filename;
}

foreach($files as $value) {
    echo "file.php?filename=".$value."<br />";
}
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I'm using PHP 5 just to let you know. Thanks for all the info.
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