PHP Rename Permission Denied - Error Handlng

My website maintains a database along with a set of folders on my server.  The Syncronization between these is working fine.  By this I mean if you add a record to the table a folder is created with the same name, if you rename the record the folder is renamed to the new name etc etc.

The problem i am having is that becuase we run a Windows 2003 server and remote desktop onto it to do various other file management tasks to the contents within these folders created by the website you can provoke a Permission Denied error on the website by accidently having a file open within a folder that PHP wishes to rename!

I understand that this is what should happen as the results are the same within Windows but instead of my website just keeling over with an error message i would like to pop up a message saying "Folder in use : rename not possible, try again later...." or something along those lines?

I have tried :

if (!rename($old_folder, $new_folder)) .....

But this does not work...

Is there another way around this?
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m1tk4Connect With a Mentor Commented:
add a @ to rename call in the sample above to suppress the error message:


=== in PHP means "equal and the type is the same". For example:

(FALSE == 0 ) is TRUE
(FALSE === 0) is FALSE

dereshConnect With a Mentor Commented:
you could try:

if(FALSE === rename($old_folder,$new_folder))
// do something if rename failed
echo "Folder in use : rename not possible, try again later....";
Sailo100Author Commented:
What does 3 equal signs mean?
Sailo100Author Commented:
This does not appear to work....  I still get permission denied?
Sailo100Author Commented:
Perfect thanks guys!  I've always wanted to know what @ was used for :-)
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