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Inserting/creating a new folder

Thread began 12/28/2010 8:16 pm by davidp420108 | Last modified 10/04/2011 9:00 am by randyw2394710 | 2564 views | 12 replies |


Inserting/creating a new folder

I would like to have a folder created that holds the clients data when the new client is inserted. The folder name should be the same as the client name.

for example:

insert new record for "Sample Client"
a new folder will be created that is named "SampleClient". Where the space is automatically removed (for better folder management). If it were easier, "Sample_Client" would also be acceptable.

The path would look like SampleClient

Is this something that Data Assist can assist me with?

By the way, i am brand new with PHP and DA so be gentle.


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Ray BorduinWebAssist

In php you can use the mkdir() function... see: function.mkdir.php

You could then use: preg_replace("/[^a-zA-Z0-9s]/", "", $string) to remove the special characters from a string.

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Did this help? Tips are appreciated...


thanks. This will be my project today

You are a great help Ray!

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I got the mkdir() down, although it threw me for a loop putting the folder in a different directory off of root until I found $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'. thanks.

New question is I want to run...
$structure = '/Sales/New_Client';
if (!mkdir($_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] . $structure, 0, true)) {
die('Failed to create folders...');

...once the submit button is clicked. Where New_Client is picked up off the input form. Do I need to insert record first, or can it all be done in one click?

Could you give me a starting point for that? As an easy alternative I was thinking after submit, go to a page that ran the php script. Then go to the page I wanted to be next (i.e results page)


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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

you can get the form element value from the post array:

so cahnge:
$structure = '/Sales/New_Client';

$structure = '/Sales/'.$_POST['New_Client'].'';

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Thanks Jason.

Is there a way to make the mkdir() not happen until the insert button is clicked. it is making the folder upon the page loading.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

add an if statement around the makdir function:
<make dir code here>

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Thanks...working great.

I ordered my learn PHP book yesterday. Maybe you won't have to answer these basic questions for me in a week or so...

Thanks again.


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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

Great, glad to hear it is working.

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Jenny I

Similar Issue


I have a similar problem to david.

After I complete the steps outlined on davids example how can I dynamically pull up that file directory using a paremeter.

For example say I had 2 seperate forms. Form 1 (front-end) has the input for the clients name

  <input type="text" id="New_Client">Sally Smith  

Form 2 (admin back-end) will have a dynamic select list where the name of the clients will be listed. Based on that selection I would have a next button. This will take admin to another page which will show the file directory in the browser based on the selection. e.g


My question really is what php code would I use to get SallySmith in the browser.

Also in relation to example posted by david where would i insert preg_replace("/[^a-zA-Z0-9s]/", "", $string) to remove spaces.

Your help is much appreciated

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