asynchronious call to another php page from php

I have one PHP page which reads from a database, does some mussing about and formatting, and then outputs some html based on what it read.

I have a second php page which I'd really like to "call" this first php page and get a hold of the HTML it would have outputted. Preferably I'd like to pass in HTTP POST fields, although I could work around that.

This is sort-of like the server-side equivalent of ajax. Query another page and get the output of it somehow. Both php files are mine, on the same server, but I don't want to use include(), I want to keep the two operations seperate.

Is this possible to do in php?
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Frosty555Asked:
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babuno5Connect With a Mentor Commented:
i agree CURL is an option
But it requires curl to be installed
Another equivalent is using fsockopen
http://in2.php.net/manual/en/function.fsockopen.php
Check out the url it has lots of examples  
And in your case the host will be localhost or 127.0.0.1
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nizsmoConnect With a Mentor DeveloperCommented:
This is an interesting question, you can actually use the below script utilizing the CURL library to do this, though CURL is normally used to retrieve pages outside or in a different domain to your own script, you can also use it locally. Change the localhost test.php url to suite your needs, note that here, relative paths do not work, so you have to specify an absolute path or web address.
<?php
 
// create a new curl resource
$ch = curl_init();
 
// set URL and other appropriate options
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, "http://localhost/testing/test.php");
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
 
// grab URL, and return output
$output = curl_exec($ch);
 
// close curl resource, and free up system resources
curl_close($ch);
 
// Print output
echo $output;
 
?>

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nizsmoDeveloperCommented:
More info on CURL:
http://www.php.net/curl

hope this helps.
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guston76Commented:
Try this :

// Open the first PHP page as if it is an ordinary file
$f = fopen('http://...', 'r') or die('Cannot open URL');
$s = '';
while (!feof($f))
   $s .= fgets($f);
fclose($f);
 
// $s is the HTML output from the first page

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Frosty555Author Commented:
Both solutions worked equally well, but I ended up using the fsockopen() method. Both required I put some folder names behind 127.0.0.1 since I'm on a shared webhost, but it works :P.
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