The following sections show how to read from and write to different
locations using PHP 5’s bundled wrappers.
You’ve already seen how to process files stored on
your server’s hard drive. Now you use the
ftp wrappers to access
remote files using HTTP and FTP.
On. This is the default setting, but
allow_url_fopen may be turned off on some systems
because it allows crackers to more easily exploit insecurely written
allow_url_fopen is on,
include $file will even include remote files. If a
cracker is somehow able to set
$file to a value of
her own, she can make your web server execute any PHP code she wants
just by posting it on a web site and setting
to that URL.
Another wrapper you’ll learn how to use is the
php wrapper for standard in, out, and error. This
wrapper is particularly useful for people using PHP on the command
line or with web services.
The final set of wrappers are the compression wrappers. These
wrappers are similar to the
file wrapper, except
that they let you read and write data that is compressed using
HTTP and HTTPS
file_put_contents( ) may seem to work only for local files,
they’re actually valid for any stream that enables
them. Since PHP comes with an
http stream, this
means you can retrieve files using HTTP.
For example, you can fetch
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