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PHP, create multi-page txt file

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Hello,

I have a list of names and addresses in my db, I would like to be able to output a multi-page txt file so that each name and address in on a separate page.

How do I create a multi page txt file using php?

Thank you,
Matt
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Question by:movieprodw
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by:Kim Walker
ID: 37749118
Can you provide more detail about what you need? A txt file has nothing but characters and line breaks. It doesn't contain formatting or styles, or layout such as page breaks. Please describe in detail the type of file you wish to generate.
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by:movieprodw
ID: 37749185
Hello,

I am using a label printer and it will print each page as a label so I just need the txt file or even a pdf file (whichever is easier) to create one document that is broken up by pages.

Example:

Username
Birthdate
phonenumber

(NEW PAGE)
Username
Birthdate
phonenumber

(NEW PAGE)
Username
Birthdate
phonenumber

(NEW PAGE)
Username
Birthdate
phonenumber

(NEW PAGE)
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Ray Paseur earned 500 total points
ID: 37749249
Consider using the excellent free and open source FPDF class.  It takes a bit of work to get the formatting correct the first time, so build that into your schedule.  Once it is working, it's lightning fast and provides very precise positioning of the printed data.  I've used it for labels, postcards, business cards and baseball rosters.

http://fpdf.org
<?php // RAY_fpdf_hello_world.php
error_reporting(E_ALL);


// DEMONSTRATE THE BASICS OF FPDF


// SOME VARIABLES FOR OUR TESTS (COULD COME FROM DATA BASE, ETC)
$font = 'Arial';
$text = 'Hello World!';

// BRING IN THE PDF THING
require_once('fpdf16/fpdf.php');

// SYNTHESIZE THE PDF FILE INFORMATION
$pdf_file_link
= DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR
. 'RAY_junk'
. DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR
. 'temp_pdf_blue'
. '.pdf'
;
$pdf_file_name
= getcwd()
. $pdf_file_link
;

// DO THE HELLO WORLD EXERCISE IN WHITE ON A BLUE BACKGROUND
$pdf=new FPDF();
$pdf->AddPage();
$pdf->SetFont($font, 'B', 16);
$pdf->SetFillColor(  0,   0, 255);
$pdf->SetTextColor(255, 255, 255);
$pdf->Cell(40, 10, $text, 0, 2, 'L', TRUE);

// WRITE THE PDF TO DISK
$pdf->Output($pdf_file_name, 'F');

// PRESENT A LINK
echo '<a target="my_PDF" href="' . $pdf_file_link . '">Blue PDF</a>';



// START OVER FOR A NEW PDF
unset($pdf);
echo PHP_EOL . "<br/>";

// SYNTHESIZE THE PDF FILE INFORMATION
$pdf_file_link
= DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR
. 'RAY_junk'
. DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR
. 'temp_pdf_red'
. '.pdf'
;
$pdf_file_name
= getcwd()
. $pdf_file_link
;

// DO THE HELLO WORLD EXERCISE IN WHITE ON A RED BACKGROUND
$pdf=new FPDF();
$pdf->AddPage();
$pdf->SetFont($font, 'B', 16);
$pdf->SetFillColor(255,   0,   0);
$pdf->SetTextColor(255, 255, 255);
$pdf->Cell(40, 10, $text, 0, 2, 'L', TRUE);

// WRITE THE PDF TO DISK
$pdf->Output($pdf_file_name, 'F');

// PRESENT A LINK
echo '<a target="my_PDF" href="' . $pdf_file_link . '">Red PDF</a>';

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by:movieprodw
ID: 37749423
Already have it up and running, as usual you have saved me lots of time, thank you Ray!
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Expert Comment

by:Ray Paseur
ID: 37749680
Thanks for the points, and best of luck with your project, ~Ray
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