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Old 06-27-2005, 01:12 PM   #1
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Printing numbers from a text file dynamically

I was wondering if anyone could help me with a problem that I am having. I have a vb6 client that generates numbers every second. Those numbers are printed to a text file ...each new number replacing the old number. I need to write a php script that reads and display these numbers. I am sure that this is not a hard task but I am new at php and am looking for some guidance. I originally wrote a script using sockets and later found that network camera that will run this script does not support sockets. Here is the socket code that I used:

$read_write = "read";

if ($read_write == "read") {
	//Initialize the socket
	$address = '';
	$port = 10119;

	if (($sock = socket_create(AF_INET, SOCK_STREAM, SOL_TCP)) < 0) {
		echo "socket_create() failed. Reason: " . socket_strerror($sock) . "<BR>";

	if (($ret = socket_bind($sock, $address, $port)) < 0) {
		echo "socket_bind() failed. Reason: " . socket_strerror($ret) . "<BR>";

	//Start listening on the socket
	if (($ret = socket_listen($sock, 5)) < 0) {
		echo "socket_listen() failed. Reason: " . socket_strerror($ret) . "<BR>";

	//Accept an incoming connection
	if(($client = socket_accept($sock)) < 0) {
		echo "socket_accept() failed. Reason: " . socket_strerror($ret) . "<BR>";

	//Read whatever was just sent, 1024 bytes' worth. Make this however long you need.
	if( false == ($global_string = socket_read($client, 2048))) {
		echo "socket_read() failed. Reason: " . socket_strerror($ret) . "<BR>";

	//Strip whitespace
	$global_string = ereg_replace("[ \t\n\r]", "", $global_string).chr(0);

	$array = explode(',', $global_string);

	print ("Global string before being parsed: $global_string\n<BR>");
	print ("Global string after being parsed:<BR>");

	$id = $array[0];
	$width = $array[1];
	$footagecount = $array[2];
	$length = $array[3];

	print ("Serving Client!<BR>");

	//print("<textarea wrap='OFF'>$id</textarea>";

	print("Coil ID number: $id<BR>");
	print("Coil Width: $width<BR>");
	print("Footage Count: $footagecount<BR>");
	print("Coil Length: $length<BR>");

	//Close the connection; Don't leave things like this open...!!

	//Close the socket itself
} //ends if ("read")

if (isset($_GET['counter'])) {
	$counter = $_GET['counter'];
} else {
	$counter = 0;


echo "just testing... " . $counter . "<br>";

$redirect_page = $_SERVER['PHP_SELF'] . "?counter=" . $counter;

<script language="javascript">
setTimeout("window.location = '<? echo $redirect_page; ?>'", 1000);

As you can see I redirect the page so that it refreshes.  I may be able to use my redirectpage function and the small area of javascript that I already have.  I just need to know how to read from a text file and print whatever it reads out.  Also would it be easier to read separate lines or one line with all of the values?Can anyone help me with this?
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