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i am developing a function which return a value on give file name but include() in not return able which function should i use get_file_contents() is return able function or is there is any other class or function which return a value of given file

function  myfunction($file){
$get = include($file);
return $get;


something like this

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closed as off topic by Su', John Conde Sep 22 '12 at 20:20

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You can return values from an included file, but this is probably not what you are after. include() and file_get_contents() do different things, one is not "better" than the other. Does file_get_contents() not do what you require? – w3dk Sep 22 '12 at 20:19

By your vague question, I'm guessing you want to retrieve the file name?

Using either include or file_get_contents will not yield the results you want, not at all. include executed the files, whereas file_get_contents retrieves the actual textual representation of the file(gets the contents).

What you want is basename.

Given a string containing the path to a file or directory, this function will return the trailing name component.

From: http://php.net/manual/en/function.basename.php

Probable usage of the function within your script would be as follows:

function myfunction($file) {
   return basename($file);
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I agree the question is vague, but I don't think basename() is the solution the OP is after. From the example given, the OP would seem to require the contents (in some form) of the specified file. – w3dk Oct 16 '12 at 14:29

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