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PHP Linux: How to copy a file to multiple directories?

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Hello,

How do I copy a file to multiple directories (either through command line or through a PHP script)?

For example...

I want to copy a specific file, index.php in /universal/

to these directories

/storage/A
/storage/B
/storage/C
/storage/D

How do I achieve that?
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Question by:gingera
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Try this
$src="/universal";

$filename="index.php";

$dest=array("/storage/A","/storage/B","/storage/C","/storage/D");
 

foreach($dest as $destdir){

if(file_exists($src."/".$filename)){

if(!file_exists($destdir."/".$filename)){

copy($src."/".$filename,$destdir."/".$filename);

}

else{

echo "File ".$filename." Exists at ".$destdir;

}

}

else{

echo "Source file does not exist";

}

}

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by:Xorlev
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If you're looking for a single command, there isn't one as far as I know, but you can just use four copy commands.

I hope this is what you're looking for.

Command line:

cp /universal/index.php /storage/A

cp /universal/index.php /storage/B

cp /universal/index.php /storage/C

cp /universal/index.php /storage/D
 

Or PHP:

copy('/universal/index.php', '/storage/A');

copy('/universal/index.php', '/storage/B');

copy('/universal/index.php', '/storage/C');

copy('/universal/index.php', '/storage/D');

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by:gingera
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Hi afzz, your suggested solution sounds feasible.

The file has to be copied to hundreds of directories. Could I use a MySQL database to feed this line:

$dest=array("/storage/A","/storage/B","/storage/C","/storage/D");

If so, how? (I am a newbie). Thanks.
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<?php

$conn = mysql_connect('host', 'user', 'pass') or die('Failed to connect.');

mysql_select_db('dbname') or die('Failed to connect');
 

$query = mysql_query('SELECT directories FROM dirlist;');
 

while($result = mysql_fetch_assoc($query)) {

     $dest[] = $result['destination'];

}
 

// Other code

?>

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SELECT directories FROM dirlist;

to

SELECT destination FROM dirlist;

Or whatever you need it to be. $result['columnname'] just needs to match it.
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by:gingera
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Thanks afzz and Xorlev! Your combined suggestion worked OK to copy 1 file.

What if I want to copy multiple files at the same time? Can I use an array for $filelist as well? If so, how do I change afzz's code to accommodate the array?

e.g.
$filelist = array("index1.php","index2.php","index3.php","index4.php","index5.php","index6.php");
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by:gingera
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THANKS!
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