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Link to open newest file in drectory

mnevoso asked
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am trying to create a php file the querys a directory for a file in this format MM-DD-YY.xls and opens the newest file.

i have written some code, but does not seem to work can someone adjust it or point me in the right direction?

the folder that is holding the files is called RateSheets


$outfile = "RateSheets/".date("m-d-Y His").".xls";
$path = "RateSheets/";

echo "Most recent file is: ".getNewestFN($path);

function getNewestFN ($path) {

$p = opendir($path);
while (false !== ($file = readdir($p))) {
if (strstr($file,".xls"))
$list[]=date("mdYHis ", filemtime($path.$file)).$path.$file; 


return $list[0];

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